Appalachian State University will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012.
The university's emergency website – http://www.appstatealert.com – will post updates about the training exercise. The campus and local communities should be aware this is only a test.
Traffic along Rivers Street may be limited at times during the exercise, and one or more buildings may be involved in the exercise. Area residents and drivers will likely see law enforcement and emergency response vehicles along Rivers Street.
The training exercise will involve more than 100 participants, including those from Boone Fire Department, Watauga Emergency Medical Services, Watauga County Rescue Squad, Watauga Medical Center, local law enforcement agencies, and a medevac helicopter.
Participants will wear either a colored vest or arm band.
The annual exercise is designed to test response and communication during an emergency.
This is the fourth full-scale emergency exercise conducted at Appalachian. Prior training exercises simulated a shooter/hostage situation, explosive device scenario and a flood that affected campus operations.