Boston University’s Emergency Management office will conduct an active shooter emergency preparedness drill today, Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 11:50 am in the School of Medicine Instructional Building Alumni Medical Library, 72 East Concord St., 12th floor. The drill is expected to last approximately 25 minutes.
Exercises like today’s are designed to test the University’s active shooter emergency response plan and ensure readiness in the case of a real incident and are conducted regularly at BU. Today’s exercise comprises representatives from the BU Medical Campus Department of Public Safety, BU Police, Boston Police, and Boston Emergency Medical Services, as well as Medical Campus employees who have volunteered to participate in the drill.
“People ask, ‘Do these exercises work?’” says Steve Morash, director of BU Emergency Response Planning. “The proof is in the response to the Mugar Library hoax in 2016. Within 40 seconds of receiving a call, three BU police officers and a Massachusetts state trooper had formed a team and were in the building. And while it turned out to be a hoax, the response and teamwork were most reassuring.”