University of Idaho to Test Emergency Response on Nov. 10

Wednesday, November 3 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho will host a campus emergency response exercise that involves city, county and state agencies on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Beginning at approximately 8 a.m., there will be an unusually large number of first responders on campus as they respond to a mock emergency situation. The unfolding scenario will take place in the university's Facilities building, and will last several hours.

"The university is preparing emergency responders to effectively respond to emergency situations and collaborate with city and county partners," said Nancy Spink, risk management officer at the university. "The drill will provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans and capabilities for responding to a random scenario."

During any response, including practice exercises, community safety is a high priority. Since this exercise will occur during normal daytime campus operations, emergency vehicles participating in the exercise will adhere to posted speed limits and will not be responding to the scene with lights and sirens on.

The exercise will focus on key local emergency responder coordination, critical decisions, and integration of the county and state assets necessary to save lives and protect the public.

"The exercise will test our ability to respond in real time. While members of the public won’t see live actors as they would in a 'full scale' exercise, we don’t want anyone unduly alarmed if they see larger than usual numbers of police and fire responders on campus,” said Spink.

The drill is funded by a grant to the University of Idaho from the U.S. Department of Education’s program for Emergency Management in Higher Education, with additional expenses supplemented by an Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Grant.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For more information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit