MORRISTOWN—The Morristown Campus of Walters State Community College will participate in an active-shooter emergency exercise on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
This exercise is part of the college’s commitment to providing a safe campus environment. The exercise will be coordinated, planned and conducted by Hamblen and Jefferson County emergency response agencies, which have been meeting with college officials for several months in preparation of the exercise.
Access to and from the main campus will be blocked during the exercise. However, staff members from offices connected to registration, including admissions, financial aid and cashier services, will be available at the college’s Public Safety Center, which will remain open. The Walters State Public Safety Center is located behind the East End Walmart.
Prior to the exercise it should be business as usual for employees. During the exercise, employees and visitors to the campus will be directed via the college’s emergency communications system to shelter-in-place/lockdown. Emergency personnel will conduct a simulated situation and response in a randomly chosen building. Employees and visitors should remain in shelter-in-place/lockdown status until a follow-up cancellation message is given.
The simulation will be testing the campus’ audible and digital message alert system. Text messaging will not be utilized for this exercise.
After the exercise has concluded, the emergency planning team will meet with evaluators and exercise participants to discuss the outcomes of the exercise and present any suggestions for improvement.