NEW ORLEANS—Today, Dec. 4, 2017, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) is hosting in a drill to test emergency response plans in the event of an active shooter attack. The exercise is taking place at Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St.) in coordination with the City’s local public safety agencies including the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) and the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD).
Volunteers will be assigned various roles to play in the tactical exercise, which will simulate an active attack. Examples of roles include those who are wounded, deceased or separated from family members. Role-playing with real people allows emergency personnel to fully test plans, policies, and response.
During the drill, the City will test a joint Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) plan to more quickly treat victims as areas are cleared in an active attack. The City will also test a family reunification plan to track and communicate with family members the status and location of people affected by an active attack.
There are different types of exercises that can help organizations evaluate emergency plans, including walkthroughs, tabletop exercises, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises. A full-scale exercise is as close to the real thing as possible. It is a drill that takes place on-site using the equipment and personnel that would be called upon in a real event.
Because of the sensitive nature of the exercise, media will not be allowed to entry while the exercise is taking place. Public safety officials will be available after the exercise to discuss the events of the day, and video footage of the exercise will be provided upon request.
WHO: New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
New Orleans Police Department
New Orleans Fire Department
New Orleans Emergency Medical Service
WHAT: Drill to test emergency response plans in the event
of an active shooter attack
WHEN: TODAY, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
WHERE: Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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