Emergency Management Services

Emergency Management Services works closely with the academic community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from the vulnerabilities to hazards or disasters that may affect the university. Through multiple modes of safety education, such as conducting training exercises, routine drills and equipment tests throughout the year, the division is better able to deal with the unforeseen challenges inherent in an actual emergency. 

Some of these responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:     

  • Maintaining the university’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Coordinating with the university's Emergency Response Team.
  • Updating emergency protocols to correspond with best practices nationwide.
  • Coordinating emergency preparedness as well as safety and security with the regional and satellite campuses.
  • Developing and reviewing comprehensive university Emergency Management Plans, Emergency Guides and Facility Emergency Response Plans.
  • Conducting tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises to test the existing plans and guides.
Emergency Response Team

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is comprised of selected Kent State officials responsible for the oversight of the five key elements of emergency management: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The university's ERT is a key factor in formulating and leading the campus response to an emergency (University Policy 5‐14.1). The entities chosen would play a major role, not only in everyday university operations, but also in the response and recovery phases of an incident or disaster. 

The Director of Public Safety has chosen individuals from the following organizations:

  • Public Safety
  • Student Affairs
  • Human Resources
  • University Housing 
  • Information Services
  • University Health Services
  • Finance and Administration
  • Facilities Planning and Operations
  • University Communications and Marketing
  • Compliance, Risk Management and Real Estate
  • University Culinary Services
  • Office of the Provost
  • University Counsel
Emergency Plans

Kent State University Emergency Management Plan

Communicable Disease Response Annex

Kent Campus Basic Facility Emergency Response Plan Template

Regional Campus Basic Facility Emergency Response Plan Template 

Front Desk Security and Emergency Guide