Posted October 26, 2011 by Jason Cline 

Counter-terrorism Simulation on Campus

Students from the Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis campus and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs will once again play the roles of officials dealing with the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks. The events that took place in 2009 simulated a bomb at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., and a subsequent “dirty bomb” explosion in downtown Indianapolis.

On Friday, Oct. 28, another mock drill will bring additional realism by including actual emergency response officials’ interactions with students. These interactions, along with media reports and live press conferences, will all be visible to the public via a dashboard on the Internet.

Additional program highlights include keynotes from a former U.S. representative and a former senior advisor to the prime minister of the U.K. Worldwide experts will converge on the Circle City as part of this exercise to discuss potential threats and the public response.

This link to the live simulation will go live on Friday prior to the event start time of 8 a.m. Many ACUI core competencies will be displayed during this event. Those that have yet to conduct an emergency response drill on campus may be able to learn from Friday's simulations; and those who have conducted one may look to make improvements in the future.

What emergency simulations have been held on your campus? What was the union's involvement? 

Jason Cline

Jason Cline is the Director of Membership at ACUI.

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