Texas A&M University-Texarkana and area first responders will conduct a campus emergency evacuation exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 17, beginning at 8:30AM on the campus of Texas A&M University-Texarkana located at 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

The exercise is being conducted in order to test and improve the university’s overall preparedness for an emergency event. The fictional exercise simulates a chemical spill, and first responders will be tasked with lifesaving procedures and evacuation procedures.  The incident is not real; however, the response activities during the fictional exercise will be practiced in a manner that is as realistic as possible. Participants will include the Texarkana, Texas Police Department, Texarkana, Texas Fire Department, LifeNet Emergency Medical Services, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, state and local officials.

The areas where the exercise will take place will be clearly marked.

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There are simple steps that citizens can take to prepare themselves and their loved ones for emergencies: be informed, make a plan, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved through opportunities that support community preparedness.

By gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with family members in advance, and being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, citizens will be better prepared for the unexpected and can help better prepare their community and the country.  Please visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to learn more about preparedness activities.