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IU To Participate In Full-Scale Active Shooter Exercise Tuesday
Updated November 21, 2014 8:03 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University Bloomington will be the site of a full-scale active shooter exercise on Tuesday to test how well a host of university functions, such as police, communications, executive leadership and student affairs, can work together to address and recover from such a tragic incident.

Coordinated by IU Emergency Management and Continuity, the exercise is part of IUEMC's active shooter exercise program, which has held similar exercises at most of IU's campuses. The dramatic, complicated drills typically are preceded with workshops and tabletop drills. Afterward, plans are put in place to address shortcomings discovered during the exercises.

IU Bloomington's active shooter simulation will take place at an undisclosed building on campus and will call into play the IU Police Department, Bloomington Police Department, Bloomington Fire Department, IUEMC, IU Communications and others who would respond to such a situation. An IU-Notify alert will be sent only to participants in the exercise -- not to the entire IU Bloomington community.

Classes are not in session that week. Street closures can be expected and will be announced the day before the exercise. Anyone nearby the simulation may see a response by a number of IUPD officers and several police and fire vehicles (without sirens), as well as ambulances (without sirens) and their crews. A number of actors will be made up to look like they received injuries.

The risk for having such an incident at IU is low, but the training provides the opportunity for everyone involved to practice critical steps, such as cooperation between police departments and crisis communications, that are needed to respond to most emergency scenarios.

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