UTEP Holds Active Shooter Emergency Exercise

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 7:54am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 4:07pm

One day after a shooting near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station that killed 3 people and injured 4 others, UTEP officials organized an active shooter emergency exercise on the UTEP campus.

Texas A&M officials issued a "code maroon" alert through their emergency notification system.  The messages pinpointed the location of the shooting, and advised people to avoid the area, or stay inside if they lived nearby. 

UTEP has a similar system in place called the, "Miner Alert," which sends out text messages and emails in the event of an emergency.

An active shooter reenactment exercise will be conducted between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Triangle Lawn and inside the Geological Sciences Building.  The parking lot near the Liberal Arts building will be staged as a triage area for the "victims" during the exercise.  The area surrounding Cotton Memorial may also be affected.  Dormitory Rd. will be blocked off for potential use by emergency vehicles.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors who will be on campus during the exercise should avoid the areas.

The UTEP Police Department will work with the El Paso Police and Fire Departments during the exercise.

“Exercises in emergency management promote greater awareness and understanding within UTEP and among area public safety agencies as we continue to work together as one community to be better prepared,” said Chief Clifton Walsh of the UTEP Police Department.

The exercise is as follows:

The UTEP Police Department will receive a phone call about suspicious people on the University campus. Three people armed with rifles will fire “shots” near Memorial Triangle. 

UTEP PD will confirm the situation and make the necessary decisions to contain the threat. El Paso PD will be called. UTEP dispatch will receive several calls that two people (CERT volunteers) have been “shot” on the lawn of Memorial Triangle. One of the “shooters” (EPPD Explorer) will be “eliminated” and a second will take “hostages” (CERT volunteers). There will be an attempt to negotiate the release of the “hostages” (CERT volunteers). The exercise will be complete once the “threat” is eliminated.

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We have such an abundant amount of military in the area have the local police work with the infantry companies on Ft. bliss to train. Clearing rooms safely and handling situations like this are what we are trianed to do. I promise with all the soldiers in garrison right now a change in everyday company maintenance would be a welcome change plus a since of worth to the surrounding community.

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