YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University will be the site of a large-scale emergency response exercise involving dozens of federal, state and local emergency crews on Tuesday, May 10, and Thursday, May 12.
Tuesday’s exercise will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in three rooms in Moser Hall, including Schwebel Auditorium; Lincoln Avenue on the south side of Moser Hall, between Fifth Avenue and Elm Street; and the F2 parking lot along Fifth Avenue next to Beeghly Hall. The exercise is expected to include up to 100 participants.
On Thursday, exercises will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in three rooms in Bliss Hall; the parking lot along Audubon Street behind University Courtyard Apartments in Smoky Hollow; and Harrison Field in Smoky Hollow. The exercise is expected to include up to 50 participants.
The university will remain open, and business will be conducted as usual during these times, although classes will not be is session.
The training focuses on preparedness for a terrorist attack, which may include weapons of mass destruction and mass casualties, according to a news release from YSU.
There will be a significant presence of emergency vehicles in these two areas of campus on these days. There also will be first-responders in uniform, including HAZMAT suits, as well as participants playing the roles of victims. The scenario could also include the landing of a helicopter on Harrison Field in Smoky Hollow.