Mock outbreak of The Plague helps prepare campus for disaster

Screen shot 2016-04-01 at 9.23.53 AMMore than 250 Nursing students at Youngstown State University will participate in a mock disaster drill 8 a.m. to noon April 8 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center to help prepare the campus in the event of a medical emergency in the area.

“The purpose of the training is to prepare us for a communicable disease outbreak or terrorist attack ,” said Wendy Thomas of YSU’s Student Health Services. “We as a University will be able to respond and provide care and medication for our students, faculty and staff. “

The drill is being held in partnership with the Mahoning County Health Department to establish YSU as a closed unit for public health assistance in case of a disaster.

A closed unit means that the needed medication will be provided to YSU employees and their families instead of waiting in line at the open units run by the county. The YSU Nursing department, in collaboration with the nurses and doctor at the YSU Health Clinic, would run the YSU site, where employees could pick up their medication for themselves and any extended family members.

The April 8 drill will focus on distribution of medication in response to a mock plague outbreak instead of Pneumonic Plague.