LIU Post to Stage Emergency Drill
North Shore-LIJ Hospitals and Local EMS to participate in mock explosion on campus
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Post Public Safety will stage an emergency drill on campus in conjunction with North Shore Hospital and local emergency medical services. Those involved will take part in a Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) drill at LIU Post on Sunday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m.
An MCI drill is a mock emergency scenario in which EMS, law enforcement, and other first- responders from the campus and local community practice their training. In Sunday’s fictional event, a dirty bomb containing Cobalt-60, a commonly available toxic material, will go off at Kings Hall (now empty) and 10-20 people will be exposed or injured by the explosion.
Public safety officers and supervisors will be the first on the scene and will work in conjunction with the first-responders. Volunteer ambulances from five to seven surrounding communities will participate, volunteer fire and rescue will be on site, and local police will monitor the event. Also participating in the drill will be LIU Post’s Residence Life and Student Health and Counseling departments.
“Staging an emergency drill like this enhances communication, cooperation, and coordination between first-responders and the campus community,” said Paul Rapess, director of Public Safety at LIU Post. “It helps us train and prepare and allows all involved to see where there could be gaps in communication or procedures if such an event were to actually occur. The event this Sunday is what I’d call a small, functional drill, which means students and others on campus will not be required to evacuate or take any action.”
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