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11 Butler County school districts to participate in safety exercise June 18

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 16:26:30-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — A safety exercise for 11 Butler County school districts will simulate an active shooter situation at a board meeting while numerous activities are going on.

The exercise is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on June 18.

Nearly 200 students and adults will be involved in the exercise, according to a news release from the Butler County Educational Service Center. It's the first time an exercise of this scope has ever been planned in Butler County.

Butler Tech, Edgewood, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lakota, Madison, Middletown, Monroe, New Miami, Ross and Talawanda schools, along with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ross Township police and fire, Butler County Sheriff's Office, Morgan Township fire and EMS, Colerain Township fire and EMS, University of Cincinnati West Chester Hospital and the Hamilton County Education Service Center will participate.

The goal is to provide a hands-on test to evaluate schools' emergency operations plans and preparedness, county school officials said. After the exercise is finished, participants, administrators, first responders and others will analyze the exercise to identify strengths and area that need improvement.