"Active Shooter" exercise planned October 16th

Regional West Health Services, in partnership with local law enforcement, Scottsbluff Fire Department, Panhandle Regional Medical Response System, and Valley Ambulance, will conduct a full-scale active shooter exercise the morning of October 16th.

The mock crisis will put emergency preparedness training to the test for each agency as they respond to a a report of an active shooter at St. Mary's Plaza, 36th and Avenue "B" in Scottsbluff.

Scottsbluff Police Chief Kevin Spencer says the exercise will look and sound very real. He says while they will be using blanks, the shots will sound authentic, and a several block area will be cordoned off by emergency services. Spencer says they want to be sure the community understands that it will only be an exercise.

Regional West Health Services will be using a variety of communications tools to advise the public of the upcoming exercise. They will have posters and flyers distributed to homes in the neighborhood, and will make Code Red announcements to residents and businesses to let them know it is only an exercise.

The exercise will run from approximately 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16th.

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