Volunteers needed for May 11 statewide emergency drill at UNL


UNL will be the site for a full-scale emergency training exercise on May 11. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will create an emergency drill to come as close as possible to a real incident, to test preparation by local, county, state and federal agencies. Planners are seeking volunteers to role-play, with volunteer sign-up sessions planned for April 21 and 27.

The annual statewide training exercise will include participants from UNL, Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire departments, Lancaster County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, FBI, and Bryan-LGH and St. Elizabeth hospitals.

The scenario being played out is a shooter in Oldfather Hall. Buildings affected directly by the exercise will be Oldfather, Andrews, Bessey, Burnett and Morrill halls. The exercise will last as long as six hours, involve real equipment and personnel, and volunteer "actors" during the scenario.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to participate in the drill as an actor should come to a sign-up session "First Responder Volunteer Sign Up" in the Nebraska Union on April 21 and April 27 (room posted). Participants should be 19 and older and have 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. free on May 11.

For information about volunteer sign-up contact Beth Benson at 472-2100.