Emergency Management Drills, Testing, and Simulations
The overall goal is to plan and execute annual multi-agency tabletop and role-playing scenarios on such topics as active shooter, suicide bombings, pandemics, and natural disasters. Key participants in these Level 2 and 3 exercises would include local law enforcement, public health and fire and medical along with the University's designated emergency management personnel.
Annual tabletop exercises are conducted to assess and improve the overall readiness and capabilities of emergency response by testing emergency plans and procedures to reveal strengths and weaknesses, demonstrate operational capabilities, and to prepare personnel for real events.
In September of 2008, the Emergency Management Plan was tested. The tabletop exercise involved the University's Executive Policy Group and Emergency Operations Center Management Group.
A tabletop exercise was held in April of 2009 for members of the Emergency Operations Center Management Group. This experience provided them an opportunity to role play a mass casualty incident.
On May 5, 2010, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management partnered with the KU Public Safety Office to conduct a tabletop exercise on mass casualty at a major athletic event. The exercise involved the Executive Policy Group, Emergency Operations Center Management, and Joint Information Center personnel from the University and Athletics, Inc. Communications and resource readiness were the issues targeted for discussion.