Northwestern and local first responders will collaborate in a comprehensive, three-day emergency response exercise August 22-24 near the Technological Institute on the Evanston campus.
The third-annual simulation’s primary goal is to enhance safety preparedness and to identify how all involved plan to respond scenarios such as a radiological event, a biological safety event, and the loss of utilities with a subsequent hazardous materials release. While none of the actors involved will be transported to local hospitals as part of the drills, the training will involve simulated injuries and the virtual release of hazardous materials
“These exercises are important to Northwestern and our surrounding communities for several reasons. It gives opportunity to strengthen and renew our teamwork, develop new skills, and work through potential challenges that may occur during an actual emergency,” says Michael Blayney, executive director of Northwestern’s Office for Research Safety. “These three days are a great deal of work for all involved and an important investment that yields many benefits for all of us.”
Participants will include hundreds of local first responders from the North Shore, as well as representatives from the Chicago Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.