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Morrisville State College and N.Y. State Police Special Operations to Conduct Campus Emergency Drill

First SUNY campus to conduct large-scale active-shooter exercise
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.¬ Morrisville State College will conduct a large-scale emergency drill on campus in conjunction with the New York State Police (NYSP), New York State University Police, New York State Office of Homeland Security, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and local emergency responders on Wednesday, March 16. This undertaking will allow all organizations to test their emergency preparedness in an economical and effective manner. “Morrisville State College is the first SUNY campus to conduct a large-scale active-shooter exercise,” said NYS University Police Chief Enrico D’Alessandro. “We consider this mock drill to be an important and essential part of the college’s emergency preparedness efforts.” Members of the Morrisville Emergency Response Team will test their proficiency in handling an emergency and review the outcome of the drill at length. The drill will assist the NYSP and local emergency responders in gaining experience responding to an incident in a campus setting. Police officers, heavy machinery and possible air support will be involved. Officers will be armed, but no live ammunition will be used. Volunteers from the campus and community have been recruited as actors in the emergency scenario. Several areas of the campus will be used as specified locations for the drill and will be closed to visitors and the general public from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morrisville’s Children Center employees, Edward R. Andrews Elementary employees and students, and Morrisville faculty, staff and students have been alerted through a series of emails and letters. Local elected officials, including the village of Morrisville mayor, Morrisville-Eaton School District, and all local law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the exercise. Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Visit www.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion. -30-