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Hamilton and N.Y. State Police to Conduct Emergency Drill

By Vige Barrie  |  Contact Francis Manfredo 315-859-4144
Posted July 13, 2010
Tags Campus Safety Clery Act Francis Manfredo
Hamilton will conduct a large-scale emergency drill on its campus in conjunction with the New York State Police (NYSP) and local emergency responders on Tuesday, July 20. State Police special operations response teams from around the state will join the Oneida County Sheriff’s office, Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps (COCVAC), the Clinton Fire Department and other local police agencies in enacting this preparedness drill.

“Hamilton considers this mock drill to be an important and essential part of the college’s emergency preparedness efforts,” said Director of Campus Safety Francis Manfredo. Members of the Hamilton Emergency Response Team will test their proficiency in handling an emergency utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS). The College will also meet a newly established requirement of the Clery Act mandating colleges to regularly test their emergency preparedness plans. The drill will also assist the NYSP and local emergency responders in gaining experience responding to an incident in a campus setting.

Although the exact nature of the exercise has not been revealed, police officers, heavy machinery and possibly air patrols will be involved. Approximately 50 individuals from the campus community are being recruited as actors in the emergency scenario. Police officers will be armed, but no live ammunition will be used.

The Kirner-Johnson Building
will be used as the location for the drill and will be closed to all employees and visitors from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vehicular access to the south side of the campus will be prohibited during that period. Other buildings on the south side of campus will also be used. The media will have limited access to the campus. No indoor photography or filming will be permitted. The public will not be allowed on campus during the exercise.

Employees, camp directors, Clinton Early Learning Center employees and Hamilton students have been alerted through a series of e-mails, posters and announcements on the college’s website. Campus tours will be rerouted during the drill. Local elected officials, including the Village of Clinton Mayor, Town of Kirkland Supervisor, County Executive, contractors and all local law enforcement agencies have been made aware of the exercise. Signage at multiple locations on College Hill Road will alert drivers to the activities.

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