UCCS to participate in emergency exercises

June 14, 2010
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Steve Linhart, emergency management director, Public Safety critiques a group of administrators and staff who participated in a mock emergency drill June 17. Members of an emergency response team met in El Pomar Center to participate in a tabletop exercise.

UCCS will be the site of emergency exercises June 15 and 16 with visitors to the campus likely noticing increased police activity and a large, tethered radio communication balloon but experiencing no disruption in classes or university services.

Steve Linhart, emergency management director, Public Safety, said both exercises are designed to keep UCCS safe and to cooperate with emergency management efforts undertaken by the City of Colorado Springs as well as state and federal agencies.

From 8 a.m. to noon June 15, UCCS will participate in a Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration Activity on the ridge north of the campus. A tethered communication balloon will be visible to campus visitors and those in the surrounding area. The balloon will house antennas and will be used to demonstrate an aid to communication in an actual emergency.

From 8 a.m. to noon June 16, UCCS Police, Colorado Springs Police and Colorado Springs Fire department first responders will participate in a drill on the ridge north of the campus. A tethered communication balloon will be visible and there will likely be increased emergency vehicle traffic in the area near the campus, particularly the University Park neighborhood.

Questions about the exercise should be directed to Linhart, (719) 255-3838 or slinhart@uccs.edu.

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