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Emergency response drill to be held at University Place in Idaho Falls on May 11 at 10 a.m.

May 10, 2016

IDAHO FALLS – An emergency response exercise will be held Wednesday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Idaho State University campus in Idaho Falls at University Place. This will be in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

Beginning at approximately 10 a.m., there will be an unusually large number of Idaho Falls Fire Department vehicles and personnel near and on the ISU Idaho Falls campus, but the public should not be alarmed. Activities will be centered at the Tingey Administration Building.

The role-playing portion of the exercise will last approximately one and a half to two hours, ending about noon. Exercise participants will include the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho State University.  

The exercise is being conducted to evaluate the capability of the Idaho Falls Fire Department and ISU personnel to respond effectively and to manage a simulated emergency.

During any response, including exercises, safety is a high priority. Areas where the exercise is taking place will be clearly marked with signs or will have safety personnel monitoring the event. To keep the drill as realistic as possible the responders and other participants are not releasing many details about the scenario.

In light of the emergency exercise, ISU Public Safety officials remind the campus community of the importance of being vigilant and prepared.

If you see something suspicious taking place on campus, report the behavior or activity to ISU Public Safety at 282-2515, or in the case of emergency call 911. Report only suspicious behavior and situations, such as an unattended backpack in a public place or someone trying to break into a restricted area.

Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.