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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2009ASU Logo

Citywide Emergency Drill Planned for Oct. 15 Adjacent to ASU

Individuals associated with Angelo State University should be aware of a planned emergency exercise scheduled for the morning of Thursday, Oct. 15, on the east side of the ASU campus.

The simulated emergency will involve multiple emergency agencies, including the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Goodfellow Air Force Base and the City of San Angelo/Tom Green County Emergency Operation Center as well as some facilities of the San Angelo Independent School District.

As a result, members of the ASU community should expect to see and hear emergency vehicles on the east side of campus on Thursday, Oct. 15. As Jackson Street may be closed during portions of the exercise, individuals using that thoroughfare may want to seek an alternate route that Thursday.

ASU Police Chief James Adams said the drill will also allow the university to address several objectives during the morning. These will include testing the campus emergency call box system, conducting an annual test of the ASUAlert system, assessing emergency notification procedures, testing radio communications between ASU police and other area public safety agencies, and reviewing the coordination of ASU’s response with other local emergency management personnel.

“This is an important drill to measure UPD’s effectiveness in an emergency,” Adams said, “but we do not want the campus or community to be alarmed. Activities Thursday morning will merely be a test. We want students, faculty and staff to understand that this is simply a test of emergency procedures throughout the community.”

“The impact to the campus should be minimal,” Adams said. “A portion of Jackson Street will be closed during the exercise,” he said. “A ‘bird cannon’ will be used to simulate an initial and then secondary explosion that morning, but no other pyrotechnics will be used.”

Adams indicated the drill will conclude around noon that Thursday. The drill is being organized by Goodfellow AFB personnel in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Exercise Schedule.

Persons with questions or concerns can contact the ASU Police Department at 942-2071 or the ASU Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 942-2180.