March 11, 2009WVU Parkersburg plans large-scale emergency drill Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
CONTACT: Dave White, director of facilities and grounds; safety officer, 304-424-8225.
Media Advisory: News media are invited to observe the emergency exercise. Contact Connie Dziagwa at 304-424-8203 for additional information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg will stage a large-scale, multi-agency emergency drill on Tuesday (March 17).
Beginning at approximately 5 p.m., the exercise will be a staged scenario based on similar events that have occurred at other colleges. The drill is expected to last several hours.
Purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the college’s emergency preparedness and the response of area emergency organizations to a campus calamity.
WVU Parkersburg students and faculty will be on spring break and not on campus. College staff have been notified regarding the emergency exercise.
The multi-agency drill is designed to help area law enforcement and emergency personnel determine strategies and coordinate responses, said Dave White, WVU Parkersburg's director of facilities and grounds and campus safety officer.
Participating organizations will include Wood County Emergency Services, Wood County Sheriff’s Office (SWAT team), Parkersburg Police (SWAT team), Vienna Police (SWAT team), West Virginia State Police, Wood County 911 Center, the Mid Ohio Valley Health Department, Parkersburg Fire Department, St. Joseph's Hospital and select WVU Parkersburg students/staff who will be assisting in staging the scenario. Also involved will be various volunteer fire department units, including East Wood, Mineral Wells, Lubeck, Waverly, Blennerhassett and Deerwalk.