Drill Prepares Emergency Crews


Preparation can be the biggest weapon in your arsenal when it comes to dealing with chaos. For the past 13-years metro police and other emergency personnel have been getting ready for the day they hope will never come.

Their training to handle an active shooter situation took them to UNO on Friday. The drill scenario placed an active shooter on the south campus.

Omaha Police Officer James Shade said, "Our job is to stop the threat, to keep the body count from rising. Officers arriving immediately will go in and stop the threat."

Everything was put to the test, including communication that can change instantly.

Eventually the script for the drill called for the release of hostages. Some playing the role of the injured were taken to a staging area.

The training let participants get hands-on experience, physically locking doors and dealing with barricade situations. Officers say it provides them with a stress level they need to simulate so they know how to act when the real time comes. The training is universal. These situations are not limited to college campuses.

Sgt. Robert Wondra, with the Omaha Police Department said, "You can take it anywhere you go if this event was to happen. We've seen it in malls, we've seen it in theaters, we've even seen it in churches. So anywhere you go from this point you can be safer with your family, when you focus on these types of drills."

The goal is readiness. By the end of the drill, all involved were closer to it.


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