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May 23, 2018 : Sixty Community Partners Attend Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise


TTXGroupOhio University Lancaster hosted a tabletop exercise to work through a coordinated attack scenario.  The exercise was attended by 60 community partners consisting of law enforcement, fire, EMS, county EMAs, campus and community officials.


Ohio EMA facilitated the half-day exercise which focused on a response and recovery to an active shooter event.   The main objectives for the exercise were: assessing roles for on-scene coordination; unified command and coordination between responders and the university staff; evaluate interoperable communication abilities; and the ability to resume normal business activities following a response.  


“Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus holds the safety and security of our students, staff and faculty to be of paramount importance. Moreover, we view preparedness as a key element to prevention and response. Participating in the tabletop exercise with first-responder agencies gave a welcome opportunity for our staff to engage in broad reflection about how to improve and structure our preparedness in conjunction with local and state law enforcement,” said Bob Klein, Interim Associate Dean, Ohio University Lancaster.


ArmedResponseJon Kochis, Fairfield County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security director said, “This exercise has reinforced the partnerships of local and state law enforcement and enlightened OU-L on what can be done to increase preparedness on campus. We greatly appreciated the support from the Ohio Department of Public Safety on delivering this exercise.”


In 2017, 28 incidents of mass attacks in public spaces occurred which resulted in 147 killed and more than 700 injured.  Because of the increased frequency of mass attacks, exercises such as this are growing in importance.   Ohio EMA is working to make this exercise into a toolkit that will be available for download on its website.  This toolkit will be accessible in the coming months and will address the objectives and scenario previously mentioned.