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Emergency Drill Exercise on USU Campus July 31

Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

It’s a drill, only a drill.

Utah State University is creating an emergency drill exercise at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday, July 31. The public is asked not to be alarmed.

The majority of the drill will take place at the Spectrum, however, there will also be a vehicle in the terraced parking lot by the Aggie Bull that will checked for explosives. The mock suspect’s house will be in a surplus warehouse at approximately 750 E. 1500 North. The mock suspect’s vehicle will also be located somewhere in the vicinity of the Spectrum and surplus warehouse. Set-up for the emergency drill begins July 30 and the exercise runs throughout the day on July 31. 

The exercise is designed to test the emergency response capabilities of Utah State University, Logan City, Cache County and even the Utah National Guard.

The exercise will involve several mock victims and emergency response teams from several local and state agencies, including the Logan City police and fire departments, the Cache County sheriff and fire departments, USU police and facilities, the Bear River Health Department and the Utah National Guard.

Preparation for the disaster drill began early in the year and has involved several people in the planning stages. Preparations included a three-hour mock-up of the disaster held around a table covering every detail of the emergency, step by step.

“We will never have the luxury of time in the event of a real disaster, but we have time now to prepare, and that is the purpose behind this exercise,” said Steve Mecham, executive director of USU Public Safety. “It gives all of us a chance to test our communication systems, our response time, our backup mechanisms, our resources and our ability to think on our feet. It helps us to identify strengths and weaknesses — invaluable information for saving lives. We always go on the premise of not if a disaster will strike, but when. Drills are the best way to prepare for the inevitable.”

For more information contact Judy Crockett, 435-797-0807.

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