Auburn University holding emergency preparedness exercise March 17

AUBURN – Auburn University will hold an emergency preparedness exercise the morning of Thursday, March 17, to provide university personnel and local first-responders training in dealing with a campus emergency. The exercise is scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m. and should end at about 1 p.m.

Perimeters will be set up around the area of the Student Center, Haley Center and Village View Dining for an “active shooter” drill that will include role-playing and emergency response by public safety agencies.

“This exercise will evaluate the ability of the university and Auburn Police to respond to and recover from an emergency involving an active shooter on our campus,” said Chance Corbett, associate director of Auburn University’s Department of Public Safety and Security/Emergency Management. “We need to ensure that the university and public safety agencies are prepared and ready to respond to an emergency or disaster and the best way to do that is to plan and conduct an exercise. While the scenario for this exercise is that of ‘active shooter,’ our planning efforts also cover natural and man-made disasters.”

Participating agencies will include Auburn University, Auburn Police Division, Opelika Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn Fire Department, Lee County Emergency Management Agency, East Alabama Emergency Medical Services and other state and local mutual aid agencies.

University officials selected March 17 during the week of spring break for the exercise because classes will not be in session and most students will not be on campus.

Contact: Chance Corbett, (334) 844-4808 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (