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Emory To Host Active Threat Exercise

Along with the additional first responders, expect more noise than usual like from police helicopters overhead around the Emory area on Wednesday morning.
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Expect to see more emergency personnel than usual in the Emory area Wednesday. Dozens of first responders from all over metro Atlanta will conduct an active threat exercise.

From 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday, law enforcement, fire and EMS responders from the City of Atlanta and surrounding counties will join personnel from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the drill.

It’s meant to test participants’ ability to respond to a large scale active threat like a terrorist attack.

Along with the additional first responders, expect more noise than usual like from police helicopters overhead. Police will set up around the test areas on the Emory campus to keep out foot and bike traffic.

Emory University says following areas will be impacted:

  • Emory’s Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Rd., will serve as a staging/preparation area for emergency response personnel (police, fire and rescue teams).
  • Goodrich C. White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive, will be the site of the active threat exercise.
  • Traffic to the area around White Hall will be restricted from 6 a.m. until noon.
  • The following streets will be closed during those hours:
    • Dowman Drive at South Kilgo Circle
    • Dowman Drive at Eagle Row

A similar exercise is scheduled for Saturday at the CDC’s main campus.