May 3, 2014
The University of Mary will be the site for sirens, smoke and other simulated emergency drills next week. On Tuesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 8 various emergency responders from Bismarck and the surrounding area will converge on Mary's Bismarck campus. A total of about 35 fireman, uniformed officers, medical personnel and hazardous material specialists are expected to participate in the drills.
True-to-life drills provide hands on training for responders and the university. All entities involved learn and gain valuable information in case they're ever faced with a real life emergency.
Any students, faculty, staff or administration on campus are being asked to not be alarmed or panic, but to be cautious and aware of the drills throughout both days.
The east parking lot of the Harold Miller Science Center will be blocked off during the exercises and Chick's Place will be closed. Other areas being utilized by the training exercises include Arno Gustin Hall and its surrounding area, the Maintenance Yard, and the west side exterior grounds. There may be challenges parking on campus in some of these areas and some walking paths may be closed during these drills. Faculty, staff, students and administrative personnel are being asked to allow a little extra time to get around during these two days.
These types of exercises are quite common at Mary during this time of year. Over the years Mary has hosted several of these types of training exercises once fall and spring classes have concluded and a majority of students and faculty are no longer on campus.