Sounds like Georgia Perimeter College is practicing for Armageddon.
In this note to staffers, GPC President Anthony Tricoli warns them that a practice emergency response simulation on Monday will involve “simulated gunfire, and you will see the omnipresent yellow ‘Crime Scene’ tape along with some simulated smoke.”
Obviously, the Virginia Tech shootings have made all colleges more aware of the dangers of one deranged student with a gun. Sounds like this simulation is going to reflect a worse case scenario.
If you are around the Decatur campus of Georgia Perimeter at 1 p.m., be forewarned. (This would not be the hour to take your high school senior to see the campus.)
As all of you know, Public Safety is a critical and essential component of any successful and safe learning institution. Recently, I directed our Public Safety Department to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of our emergency response preparedness. In addition I have asked for specialized training for all GPC personnel who are deemed ”first responders”.
It is now time to test our emergency response systems with a simulated emergency. The first emergency response exercise is scheduled for July 26, 2010 at our Decatur Campus sometime around 1 p.m. There will be similar exercises that will take place at all GPC locations. This will be a TEST of our emergency response capabilities, and I have asked for it to be as realistic as possible. So you should expect to see some very realistic activities occurring on the day of training. Please know that no real ammunition will be used in this simulation, however; you will hear simulated gunfire, and you will see the omnipresent yellow “Crime Scene” tape along with some simulated smoke. You will also observe our Public Safety personnel in a tactical response mode reacting to the emergency.
In addition to our own first responders, the emergency response exercise will utilize additional support assets from DeKalb County Fire/Rescue, which include selected members of their Special Operations Team. There will be a number of emergency vehicles present and the Decatur location will be cordoned off to include critical areas such as Triage, Safe Zones, Public Information, and Media. A “simulated” area for concerned family members of faculty, staff and students may also be established.
It is important to note that during all exercises there will be no live ammunition or explosive devices used and at no time will GPC personnel, students or the community be in danger.
The safety of our faculty, staff and students is our # 1 job in these simulated exercises. The only way to ensure we are ready and capable to respond is to (1) simulate the worst case scenario, (2) respond with appropriate action and (3) evaluate the exercise with a thorough after action review. I appreciate your understanding during these simulation exercises.
I also appreciate your participation and input, and look forward to a successful and productive exercise.
I’ll see you soon!