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Drill Will Limit ASU Access This Morning PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 01:29

BOONE—That activity you see this morning on the ASU campus may look like something serious has happened--but it is only a drill. 

According to an ASU news release, Appalachian State University will conduct an emergency exercise Wednesday, May 13, from approximately 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The exercise will simulate a hostage taking and active shooter scenario.

More than 100 participants, including law enforcement personnel from the university, Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff’s Department will participate. Other participants will include Watauga Emergency Medical Services and Boone Fire Department.

The university’s emergency Web site ( will include information about the exercise and a link to a mock up of the site that will include information from exercise to aid in future training scenarios.

During the exercise, an area along Stadium Drive will have limited or no access to those not involved in the drill. In particular, the parking areas behind the Chemistry, Astronomy and Physics (CAP) Building and Justice Residence Hall will be restricted.

The exercise will include individuals who will play the role of the hostage, reporters, students and the gunman. All participants will be identified by special vests or colored-coded armbands and badges. Only those individuals properly identified will be allowed in the exercise area.
In addition, only modified firearms with simulated ammunition will be allowed in the exercise area.

“Appalachian has developed several emergency plans that provide a coordinated response to campus emergencies and ultimately a safer campus. Hands-on training, like this exercise, provides emergency responders and university officials the opportunity to actually test and further improve those plans,” said Seth Norris, Appalachian’s emergency management coordinator.

The exercise is part of the university’s ongoing activities related to campus safety. Twice a year, the university conducts a tabletop exercise in which responses to various scenarios are rehearsed and discussed, such as a fire, explosion or chemical spill on campus.

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