Training Exercises for Bloomington Police and Fire Department will be held at Normandale on Sunday, September 24 from 11 am to 3:30 pm

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College will host emergency preparedness training exercises on Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., so college personnel and local first-responders can practice dealing with a campus emergency or disaster.

Perimeters will be set up around the campus and all parking areas will be closed. The focus of the activity will be occurring in parking lots 1 and 3 as well as inside the College Services Building. Scheduled activities include a drill that will feature role playing and emergency response by public safety agencies.

"We'll have agencies from across the Normandale area participating in the drill," said Erik Bentley Director of Public Safety for Normandale Community College. "We need to ensure that the College and public safety agencies are prepared and ready to respond to an emergency or disaster on campus."

Participating agencies will include Normandale Community College, Bloomington Police, Bloomington Fire Department, and Allina Systems Emergency Medical Services.

The event is closed to the campus community as a whole and the public. The public can expect to see a very high concentration of emergency vehicles, small amounts of smoke, small explosions or bangs and other roleplaying props that imitate human and natural disasters.

Campus officials selected September 24 for the exercise because no classes are scheduled for that date and activity on campus will be scarce. The exercise is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. and should last until about 5:00 p.m.