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University of Wyoming Completes Emergency Planning Exercise


May 31, 2011 — More than 60 University of Wyoming administrators and staff members took part in a tabletop exercise Thursday.

Planned and executed with the help of the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, the exercise presented a scenario to test the university's response as outlined in the UW Emergency Response Plan.

"Exercises like these help us assess our ability to use the plan in a wide variety of emergency situations," Mark Collins, associate vice president for administration, says. "We can test the strengths of the plan and determine whether we have any areas for improvement. This is a firm foundation for future training exercises and drills. Overall, the exercise was a success."

The exercise is part of the university's ongoing commitment to safety.

"This is just the most recent training to advance our planning in keeping the University of Wyoming safe," UW Police Chief Troy Lane says.

A year ago, a team from the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training conducted a two-day training for the university's top executives.

Later this month, a core group of exercise planners will review the exercise and develop recommendations based on the actions of those participating in the exercise. Those recommendations may result in revisions to the Emergency Response Plan, which can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/administration/_files/docs/EmergencyResponsePlan20110519.pdf.

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