Michigan State University has started a process to become accredited in emergency management by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). This is a multi-year process to build resilient planning, training, and exercising programs to better prepare MSU for all-hazards that may impact this institution. As a part of that process, in October 2015 a kick-off meeting was held to create the MSU EMAP Planning and Advisory Team. That team functions as the backbone to the accreditation process and was formalized by President Lou Anna K. Simon in November 2015. One key product developed was the Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plan that requires community feedback on plans being developed.
A portion of this plan describes the mitigation strategies being employed to address the top eight hazards identified by the Planning and Advisory Team. That includes:
- Fire/hazardous material release
- Public health emergency
- Active shooter situations
- Other criminal activity (terrorism/arson/explosives for example)
- Severe weather (tornado, wind storm, ice storm, blizzard, wind chill)
- Cyber intrusion or network breach
- Power outage
The membership on this team includes Ingham County Emergency Management and the city of East Lansing Fire Department. We are posting this information intending to solicit feedback from our community on how to improve what is being planned and get suggestions on mitigation strategies to implement. Please take some time to review these documents and provide your input to Captain Penny Fischer, MSU Police Department, Support Services Division Commander.
Meetings of the EMAP Planning and Advisory Team occur quarterly, on the dates/times listed below; and the public is invited to provide input during the first 15 minutes of each meeting. To request time to speak and be placed on the agenda, a community member shall contact the Planning and Advisory Team Chairperson with the nature of your business, what you will be speaking upon, and who will be the speaker.
In order to efficiently manage the business of this committee, the public is limited to three minutes of verbal comment, per person at regular meetings of the EMAP Planning and Advisory Team. A total of 5 persons may register to speak at each meeting to present questions/feedback to the committee. However, persons may submit in writing to the Chairperson suggestions, questions and/or comments on emergency management to include: prevention, protection, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery at Michigan State University. Those materials will be shared with committee members.
Dates/Times of EMAP Planning and Advisory Team meetings:
- March 13, 2017, 10:00am-10:15am
- May 8, 2017, 10:00am-10:15am
- August 14, 2017, 10:00am-10:15am
- November 13, 2017, 10:00am-10:15am