You only need to pick up a newspaper or tune to a news channel to know that an active shooter situation can take place in any city in America and at any time of day.
If you are a motorist, On Monday morning, Aug. 22, around 10 a,m. you may want to avoid the area of Kinney’s Lane where the new Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Urgent Care facility is located.
SOMC will be working with local law enforcement to conduct an active shooter drill at their south campus. the drill will take place from 10-11 a.m. at SOMC’s new Urgent Care facility at the corner of Kinney’s lane and Waller Street.
According to Eric Kephas of SOMC and Larry Dale Mullins of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the drill will involve numerous participants, including some cast as victims, and will feature simulated gunfire.
SOMC officials said, while it is their intention to make the drill as lifelike as possible to accurately replicate the conditions of an active shooter, they want to ensure the public that it is only a drill and will be conducted in a safe and controlled environment.
A large number of SOMC employees as well as local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS personnel will be involved in the drill
Mullins said motorists might want to avoid that area because of the activity, which is designed to prepare local agencies and hospital employees for any event that might occur in the future.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, in many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are, by their very nature, unpredictable and evolve quickly.
The Daily Times will cover the event and report on the outcome of the exercise.
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