Every semester, ClubEM identifies a preliminary list of projects. These projects are identified by external organizations, such as PSUOEM, or by member initiative. Information on each project, including progress, teams, and milestones, will be updated on this page.
If you would like to suggest a project for ClubEM or are interested in assisting with a project, please contact a student officer.
Campus-Wide Tornado Shelter Integration
ClubEM, in collaboration with the College of Information Sciences and Technology aims to develop a mobile application in regards to taking shelter safely when the campus is under a severe weather warning. The aim of this project is to develop a mobile application or a medium which geolocates a user’s location and suggests locations on campus to take shelter in until that threat is passed.
Distribute Hazard Pamphlets in Campus Buildings
In conjunction with the Penn State Office of Emergency Management (PSUOEM), ClubEM plans to create safety brochures to be placed in all buildings on the University Park campus. These brochures will include any serious hazards that may affect the university, including severe weather and man-made disasters, and will prescribe actions to mitigate damage and loss of life should the hazard occur.
Campus Emergency Response Team
This semester ClubEM will begin the process of forming a campus emergency response team. The motivation behind this project lies in a large FEMA grant that will allow Central Pennsylvania public safety organizations to proceed with numerous Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes.
CERT is typically a three day, 18 hour course that is taught by a certified CERT instructor. The class covers the basics of fire suppression, hazardous material response, medical emergencies, and incident command. More information is available at http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
The Penn State Campus Emergency Response Team will be the first of its kind. ClubEM officers are still in the process of defining the team’s role on campus as the organization will target a more specific group (college students, faculty, and staff) than typical CERTs are comprised of.
Attend an Emergency Management Conference
There are several local and national conferences for emergency management professionals that the club has identified. This fall, we will discuss options regarding funding and transportation to attend one of these conferences. Further details are not available at this time.
Community Emergency Exercise with Penn State and Centre County Emergency Services
In the coming months, ClubEM will work alongside Penn State EMS and PSUOEM to develop a full scenario for the community’s emergency response network.
Prior to the scenario, the club will participate in prerequisite classes on START triage and incident communications at a local EMS agency.
Details, at this time, are not available.
Penn State Branch Campus Flood Mapping
Pulling from the member backgrounds in geographic information systems, ClubEM will provide Penn State branch campuses with community flood maps. These maps will be developed using updated FEMA Flood Hazard data in an effort to provide each campus community with the necessary resources to respond to heavy rainfall events.