Take note: Mock emergency exercise at Round Rock Campus Nov. 7

ACC’s Round Rock Campus will be the site of large-scale mock disaster exercise Friday, November 7.

The exercise involves staging realistic emergency scenarios to give local and area first responders, emergency management personnel, and medical personnel a chance to practice integrated responses. ACC also will practice its own emergency response procedures.

The Capital Area Council of Governments is coordinating the exercises at three Williamson County locations throughout the week of November 3-7. CAPCOG invited the Round Rock Campus to participate because it has the facilities and space needed for the exercise, as well as students and others who could learn by taking part in the exercise.

What to expect

To better simulate a real-life situation for responders, the details of the exercise will not be announced ahead of time. ACC employees and students should be aware that the scenarios will represent serious emergencies. The exercise will occur over several hours, but has been scheduled to minimize disruption to classes.

Participants include ACC and regional law enforcement; emergency management services and fire departments; state and local emergency management offices; and regional hospitals. Some ACC students, faculty, and staff will take part as victims and observers (approved participants will be notified by email). Other students and staff must remain clear of the cordoned-off exercise area.

Some campus entrances and buildings will be closed for the exercises; students and employees should enter the campus at the main Star Tower and park in lots K or L.

For more information about the exercise, contact Kristine Elderkin, kelderki@austincc.edu, (512) 223.1079.

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