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On September 20, 2018, a massive emergency operation occurred on the Great Miami River in Butler County, Ohio. Although just a drill, the full-scale emergency exercise involved 50 departments and agencies and over 200 people focusing on how to respond to a full-scale disaster.

Ohio Christian University students in the Emergency Management Program observed and participated in the exercise. According to Emergency Management Director, Dr. Thad Hicks, "We need to practice our work in high-stress situations, understanding that decision-making in a crisis is quite different from normal decision-making.”

The exercise simulated a ruptured jet fuel pipeline leaking contaminants into the Great Miami River. Five components were tested surrounding the simulated leak:  water and hazmat operations, rescue transport to a hospital, emergency sheltering, and incident command.

Such practice events are treated as real-life scenarios that give participating emergency service agencies opportunity to work together and correct any issues they might come across.

This emergency exercise was considered a success as evaluators who observed the training determined, apart from a few gaps, participating agencies met preparedness criteria. Participating agencies will look at areas where they fell short and improve their response in the future.

Articles of Interest

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Ray

Published: April 26, 2020

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren as a key member of the program, playing for the team for three seasons (2015-17). Originally from Canal Winchester, OH, Lauren transferred into OCU following her freshman year at Ohio University,...
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CIRCLEVILLE, OH – A familiar face is once again killing it for Ohio Christian University, only this time her impact is being seen off the court. Lauren Ray, a 2018 Emergency and Disaster Management graduate of OCU, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life – Housing and Discipline, a role she took over earlier this year. Lady Trailblazer Volleyball fans will remember Lauren ... Read More
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Donald Gossel pictured in the Athens County Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency Management Graduates and Students Fight COVID-19

Donald Gossel pictured in the Athens County Emergency Operations Center.

Published: March 25, 2020

With the pandemic situation facing our state, county and the world, emergency managers play an important role in working to stabilize the situation and save lives. “An emergency manager’s job is to bring relative calm and order to the chaos,” explains Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program at Ohio Christian University and Certified Emergency Manager. Ohio Christian University has offered programs in Emergency...
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Online Emergency & Disaster Management Program Ranked #2 in the Country

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Published: March 18, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency...
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Research supports Ohio Christian’s Emergency Management Programs

Research supports Ohio Christian’s Emergency Management Programs image

Published: February 28, 2020

A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the need of students to understand the concept of emergency exercises and the average emergency manager needing more experience with emergency exercises. This is an area where the program at Ohio Christian University shines. “The requirement for emergency exercises is a part of our core course load for emergency management students,” said Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program...
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A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the need of students to understand the concept of emergency exercises and the average emergency manager needing more experience with emergency exercises. This is an area where the program at Ohio ... Read More
A recent research project published in The Journal of Emergency Management[1] supports Ohio Christian University’s approach to educating tomorrows emergency managers. The research highlighted the ... Read More
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Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service

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Published: November 8, 2019

Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region 2 Conference. The event took place in Rosedale, Ohio on Oct. 25-27. The Mennonite Disaster Service is a network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters. While their primary focus is on clean up, repair, and rebuilding homes, they expand beyond these activities. Their service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith, and wholeness. Emergency...
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Archived Articles of Interest

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Published: December 8, 2017

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Published: December 8, 2017

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Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Graduate Profiles: Ethan Allen and Dustin Hube Serve Where Disaster Strikes

Ethan Allen Serves in Disaster Areas

Published: August 27, 2019

The devastation of communities from natural disasters has piled on lately.  Hurricanes alone account for many billions of dollars in property loss.  The tragedy of lost loved ones and cherished family possessions is beyond measure.  In the midst of these far-reaching calamities, two OCU graduates have been working diligently to preserve and protect those affected most by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Ethan Allen, a 2015 OCU graduate in Emergency Management, has first-hand experience of such mega-disasters.  Working with The Salvation Army in Ft. Myers, Ethan assisted with the...
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Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Graduate Profile: Sam Bussey Served in Houston

Sam Bussey in Houston with Encompass

Published: August 27, 2019

When Samantha “Sam” Bussey graduated from Ohio Christian University in 2017 she never imagined her major in Emergency and Disaster Management would lead her so quickly to life-changing and impactful recovery work generated by Hurricane Harvey. Recently, with Encompass World Partners—a faith-based organization that sends missionaries worldwide in crisis response—Sam was stationed in the heart of Houston, Texas, helping restore the Harvey-ravaged community. At Encompass, Sam was a member of a team that is helping hurricane victims in Houston. Traveling to such areas, she assists in...
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OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner

OCU Emerency Management Supports Community Response Partner image

Published: August 24, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE - Where there is a need, there is a solution, and Box65 recently found one through a community partnership with Ohio Christian University. Box65, the scene support unit for local fire departments, has found a new home with OCU after having to vacate its previous digs at Circleville Station 2. Its base of operations is now in the OCU Service Center on North Court Street near Bell Station Road. The partnership came through contact with Dr. Thad Hicks, director of the Emergency...
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CIRCLEVILLE - Where there is a need, there is a solution, and Box65 recently found one through a community partnership with Ohio Christian University. Box65, the scene support unit for local fire departments, has found a new home with OCU after having to vacate its previous digs at Circleville Station 2. Its base of operations is now in the OCU Service Center on North Court Street near Bell ... Read More
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