New Orleans Calls for Volunteers to Participate in Homeland Security Active Shooter Drill 

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City of New Orleans
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

September 29, 2017

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) is seeking 200 volunteers to participate in a drill to test emergency response plans in the event of an active shooter attack. The exercise will be held at Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.) on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will be assigned various roles to play in the tactical exercise, which will simulate an active attack. Examples of roles include those who are wounded, deceased or separated from family members. While some volunteers will role-play as children, all volunteers must be over the age of 18. Those interested are advised that the drill will include simulated gunfire. The exercise could be particularly interesting to young adults considering careers in public safety or emergency management. Lunch and free parking are included.

Visit external link to register as a volunteer.

Role-playing with real people allows emergency personnel to fully test plans, policies, and response. During the drill, City will test a joint Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) plan to more quickly treat victims as areas are cleared in an active attack. The City will also test a family reunification plan to track and communicate with family members the status and location of people affected by an active attack.

There are different types of exercises that can help organizations evaluate emergency plans, including walkthroughs, tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises. A full-scale exercise is as close to the real thing as possible. It is a drill that takes place on-site using the equipment and personnel that would be called upon in a real event.

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This article (New Orleans Calls for Volunteers to Participate in Homeland Security Active Shooter Drill ) was originally published on NOLA and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

More from WDSU News…

New Orleans will go through active shooter drill after mass shooting in Las Vegas

By Travers Mackel

The city’s emergency management office at City Hall said that given the amount of events New Orleans hosts, they always have a working plan on how to respond to a mass shooting situation or major terrorist attack.

Next week, the city will hold a mass shooting exercise. It was scheduled before the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

As part of the city’s emergency plan, leaders reached out to hospitals throughout the region to make sure they are prepared to accept patients during a mass shooting event.

City officials said they are well aware New Orleans could see large crowds with football games, concerts and festivals, including the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience. Officials want to make sure people in large crowds are safe and are taking all precautions.

“The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as NOPD, have been in contact with many of our special event planners, especially those individuals involved with the special event season continuing throughout the year. We are reviewing their plans and vulnerabilities and continue to make adjustments to ensure public safety,” said Aaron Miller, New Orleans Homeland Security director.

The shooting in Las Vegas took place during a Jason Aldean concert. Coincidentally, that well-known country music artist is playing here on Oct. 26 at Champion’s Square.

The police chief said the NOPD works with hotels on security for major events, but it’s up to each individual hotel as to how it screens customers entering and exiting hotels.

This article (New Orleans will go through active shooter drill after mass shooting in Las Vegas) was originally published on WDSU News and syndicated by The Event Chronicle


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