It’s only a drill, folks…

This sounds kind of interesting: Geoff Larcom sent a campus-wide email announcement the other day with the subject line “EMU to use Convocation Center to stage emergency response training Wednesday, May 13 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.” The full text is below, but the upshot is there is a going to be something described in Larcom’s email as an “active shooter exercise.” And actually, it also looks like a lot of it is going to be happening on the campus for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, too.

I don’t think I’ll be making it through the area then, but I am kind of curious as to what this will all look like. But the point is it’s a “fake” shooting; don’t panic.


Here’s the full text of Larcom’s email:

To EMU students, faculty and staff:

A full-scale emergency response exercise is scheduled to take place at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This exercise was collaboratively developed to provide a learning experience for EMU and St. Joseph Mercy first responder staff to respond to an active shooter event within their respective organizations. The exercise is not open to the public.

The exercise, which will involve several emergency response partners, is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Emergency response vehicles, including police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances, along with associated personnel, will participate in the exercise.

Areas of the Convocation Center including weight rooms and the practice gym will be open to EMU teams, coaches and athletic staff; however, the arena and the concourse will be off limits during the exercise.

In addition to the active shooter exercise taking place at the EMU Convocation Center, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor will be conducting an Active Shooter drill at its Administration Building, located at 5305 Elliott Drive, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to practice response of hospital staff and emergency preparations of local and county law enforcement. The Administration Building will be closed to visitors, colleagues and non-participating personnel during the exercise. Staging for both events will take place on the hospital campus near the Emergency Room and Parking Lot P.

The full-scale exercise is being coordinated by multiple organizations: Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsfield Township Police, Superior Township Fire Department, Ypsilanti Fire Department, SJMAA and EMU Emergency Management.

Although geographic locations and institutional names are accurate, the details and circumstances of the exercise scenario are completely fictitious. The scenario reflects no actual conditions, attitudes or current threat assessments in or around EMU or St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.