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Community Wide Emergency Response Simulation to take place Monday, May 10th

On Monday, May 10, Scottsbluff Public Schools, Gering Public Schools and Educational Service Unit #13 will conduct a joint emergency response simulation.  Emergency response personnel will coordinate activities at each school.   Students and parents will be given advance notice that the activity is occurring and is only a simulation – not a real event.

Emergency responders coordinating the exercise include members of the Scottsbluff Police Department, Gering Police Department, Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office; Scottsbluff Fire Department, Gering Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Region 22 Emergency Management and 911 Communications.  James Todd, SBPS Safety and Security Coordinator will oversee the simulation. The simulation incorporates evaluation and feedback from each of these agencies to help all schools improve response protocols and enhance security practices.

Emergency readiness in schools includes four key areas:  mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. This planning drives the schools’ efforts to ensure a high-quality school emergency operations plan.

The exercise is intended to operationalize the procedures detailed in SBPS and GPS “All Hazards School Emergency Operations Manual” which follows guidelines from the National and State Emergency Management Systems, the US Department of Homeland Security, the FEMA Incident Command System, the “I Love You Guys Foundation,” and the Nebraska Department of Education School Safety Center.