March 11, 2009

Arizona State University’s Tempe campus will be the site of a major disaster drill during the week of spring break.

The main event during the week of March 9-13 will occur on Tuesday, March 10, when a mock “improvised explosive device” creates a scenario that requires the response and resources of numerous police and fire units from throughout Arizona that are participating in the drill.

[efoods]Approximately 1,200 volunteers will take part in the exercise, many of whom will play people injured in the incident. Volunteers are still needed for the event. To sign up, go to and click on the volunteer tab.

ASU faculty, staff and students who are on campus on March 10 should not be alarmed if they see a large number of police and fire department units that day. Medical evacuation and news helicopters are also expected to participate in and cover the event.

“The ASU Police Department and members from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, along with members from other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will participate in Coyote Crisis 2009 in an effort to build upon our already great working relationships. Though several areas will be evaluated, we will focus heavily on interoperability and interaction with other emergency responders to control, mitigate, and recover from a major incident,” says Allen Clark, ASU Assistant Chief of Police and Operation Section Chief for the event.

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