An extract from Professor Santa Ono’s latest blog post
Exercise Run Down: Keeping the UBC community safe
On the morning of Wednesday, June 28, UBC Risk Management will stage a large-scale emergency preparedness exercise in the area of Agronomy Road and Main Mall on the UBC Vancouver campus.
Exercise Run Down (as it’s being called), will simulate a mock vehicle attack at a running event during which the driver is shot by police. The scenario envisions 20-30 injured and some fatalities. The exercise will include mock casualties and emergency service provider response. More information can be found at http://rms.ubc.ca/emergency/emergency-management-program-training-exercises/annual-emergency-training-exercises/
Some members of the university community may question why UBC is doing this. Unfortunately, in the turbulent age in which we live, we need to be prepared for any eventuality. Planning for this exercise was well underway before recent incidents in London and elsewhere in which innocent lives were lost.
UBC treats the safety of students, staff and faculty very seriously. It is incumbent on major institutions like universities to test their emergency procedures periodically to ensure we are ready to respond to major events and help emergency service providers keep our campuses as safe as possible.
We hope the exercise helps to reinforce what students, faculty, staff and residents can do to help prepare themselves.