A full-scale active shooter exercise conducted May 23 by the City of Amarillo’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was held on the TTUHSC Amarillo campus. The exercise consisted of personnel from more than 20 different area agencies including law enforcement, higher education and medical providers. The purpose of the exercise was to improve communication and response protocol from multiple agencies in the event of an actual emergency.
With more than 1,500 participants, including 54 simulated casualties, this was the largest active shooter training exercise the City of Amarillo has participated in to date. TTUHSC also activated its Emergency Operations Command (EOC) during the exercise to test and evaluate our internal communication response if an incident were to occur on the Amarillo campus.
“This was a good opportunity for us to test our capabilities by tying into the OEM exercise and treating this as if it were a real scenario on our campus” said Michael Hooten, Ed.D, leader of the TTUHSC Amarillo EOC. “It helped us identify areas where we are strong and also areas where we can improve to keep our employees, students and patients safe.”