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February 2013

UCO Implements Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise

The University of Central Oklahoma implemented a full-scale emergency preparedness exercise with partners throughout the City of Edmond on Thursday, Jan. 10.

As the safety and security of the campus community remains a top priority, the exercise was an essential part of the university’s efforts to continually evaluate, practice, and adjust procedures to assure the university is prepared should an actual emergency occur.

The exercise allowed the university to test emergency communications systems like Central Alert or NetNotify as a part of the exercise.

The exact details of the exercise were revealed in “real time” to the participating faculty and staff to keep it as close to reality as possible.

“Over the last three years we have conducted three discussion-base exercises and one functional exercise. We felt it was time to take it to the next level and have a real-time, real-life exercise so that we could test how we would respond alongside our partners at the City of Edmond,” said Norman Nieves, Central’s emergency management coordinator.

The exercise was planned and implemented in cooperation with Edmond Police, Edmond Emergency Management, Edmond Fire Department, Edmond Field Services, City of Edmond Marketing, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Mercy Clinic at UCO, and Integris Health Edmond.

For more information or questions regarding UCO’s Emergency Management, email emergencymanagement@uco.edu.

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