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Emory, CDC notify community of active threat exercise

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Emory University, in conjunction with the CDC and other jurisdictions, will hold a full-scale active threat exercise on the Druid Hills campus on Wednesday, March 14, and on the CDC’s Roybal Campus on Saturday, March 17.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Emory, the CDC and the six jurisdictions that comprise the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) need your help in alerting residents and workers in the Clifton Road/Clifton Corridor area about a full-scale active threat EXERCISE on the Emory campus Wednesday, March 14, and on the CDC campus Saturday, March 17. Please consider sharing this news with your audiences.

A joint, large-scale active threat exercise will be held on the Emory University campus from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 14, and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Roybal Campus (1600 Clifton Road NE) from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17.

Emory, the CDC and the Atlanta UASI are holding the joint exercise to test participating organizations’ response to a large-scale active threat within the Atlanta metropolitan region, including the City of Atlanta, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County. The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) is a Department of Homeland Security grant program designed to assist urban areas to prevent, prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks and other all-hazard emergencies.

Participants will include dozens of federal and local emergency response personnel (law enforcement, fire, 911 communications, rescue teams and public and private EMS) with the City of Atlanta and Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Personnel from CDC, Emory University, Emory Healthcare and Grady Health System are participating in the exercise.

Details on the March 14 drill on the Emory campus are as follows: 

  • Emory’s Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Rd., will serve as a staging/preparation area for emergency response personnel (police, fire and rescue teams).
  • Goodrich C. White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive, will be the site of the active threat exercise.

Traffic to the area around White Hall will be restricted from 6 a.m. until noon. The following streets will be closed during those hours:

  • Dowman Drive at South Kilgo Circle
  • Dowman Drive at Eagle Row

The area immediately surrounding White Hall will be cordoned off and not accessible for foot or bicycle traffic. Other university buildings, including those adjacent to White Hall, will be open and operating as usual. 

Emory University Hospital’s Emergency Department and Grady Hospital’s Marcus Trauma Center will be participating in the exercise, but both hospitals will maintain normal operations during the exercise. 

There may be some additional noise associated with the exercise, such as the presence of a police helicopter overhead, and from additional police, fire and rescue vehicles gathering at Briarcliff Campus and along Dowman Drive. Sirens will not be used in order to keep noise to a minimum.

Police not participating in the drill will be stationed outside the perimeter of the drill area to maintain the safety of participants and the surrounding areas. 

The joint exercise will continue on Saturday, March 17 from 6 a.m. until noon on the CDC’s Roybal Campus. Area residents may notice increased traffic in the area from emergency response personnel (police, fire and rescue teams), but traffic will remain unrestricted during the March 17 exercise.

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