Center for Emergency Preparedness



The Center for Emergency Preparedness is the Leader in Ohio’s Emergency Preparedness for over 30 years. Since its inception in 1984, the Center has continuously provided highly evaluated and outstanding programming. In November 2019, the Levin College announced a strategic merging of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and the Center for Emergency Preparedness in an effort to better serve Northeast Ohio’s public safety training needs.

"The mission of the Center for Emergency Preparedness is to provide the highest quality hazardous material, homeland security and business continuity training, taught by professionals utilizing industry standards and best practices. We meet our client’s needs through open enrollment and customized courses."


The course offerings include: Hazardous Materials (Haz Mat), Confined Space, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Hospital Healthcare First Receiver, and various specialty courses. Most courses are run with grant funding or are custom training projects. Therefore, the offerings shown in the catalog represent only a small portion of the Center’s overall programming. All grant and custom training programs are tailored to our clients’ needs, often through an on-site pre-instruction meeting.

In 2010, the Center adopted the Haz Mat curriculum from the Ohio Fire Academy, thus providing consistency in our instructional material(s) and program delivery. The Center takes an active collaborative role with all levels of government and educational institutions by preparing first responders for all hazards.


Dr. Bernard Becker is the director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and is responsible for providing quality leadership and management. Nina Antonik is our Administrative Coordinator and provides all levels of customer service and administrative support. George Zacyzk is our Emergency Preparedness Specialist, responsible for scheduling grant-training classes and keeping all of the training equipment operationally ready. Patrick Mangan is our Business Associate, responsible for meeting our customers’ needs through custom training. Patrick is experienced in developing on-site, customized training for businesses and emergency service providers.

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