Media Advisory: Full-scale, active shooter training exercise to be staged at UB

Release Date: July 30, 2018 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo will hold a full-scale, emergency training exercise on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in and around Hadley Village on UB’s North Campus.

The exercise will focus on emergency response to an active shooter incident on campus and is being staged by UB’s Emergency Management department, in collaboration with local, state and federal emergency responders. It will involve a simulation of the university’s crisis response plan and procedures and will help assure a coordinated, timely and effective response and recovery in the event of a major incident at the university.

There will be significant law enforcement, fire and emergency service present during the exercise. In order to avoid any confusion, the public is being notified ahead of time. The exercise is closed to the campus community and the general public.

During the exercise, access to the Cooke A and B parking lots on the North Campus, as well as Hadley Village parking lots, will be temporarily unavailable. Access to Hadley Road between Rensch and Augspurger roads will also be unavailable.

Media Availability: Because of the sensitive nature of the activities, media presence will not be permitted during the exercise as it unfolds. Co-directors of the exercise will be available for media interviews prior to the start of the activities, between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Members of the media should enter campus on Rensch Road on the North campus and can park in the Rensch Road loop. Onsite media contact: Mike Andrei, 716-352-2955.

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UB units participating in the exercise include University Police; Environment, Health and Safety; Student Life; University Communications; School of Nursing; School of Public Health and Health Professions; and the Behling Simulation Center of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The exercise will involve a simulation and test of the UB Alert communication system and will focus on command-level interaction with external law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

Local agencies participating in the exercise include Buffalo Fire Department; Erie County Emergency Services; Amherst Police; Town of Amherst Emergency Services; Getzville Fire Departmen; Erie County Medical Center; Erie County Department of Health; Kaleida Health, including DeGraff Memorial Hospital; Buffalo General Medical Center; Oshei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital; New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; New York State Department of Health; Federal Bureau of Investigation; American Medical Response; and Twin City Ambulance.

Media Contact Information

Michael Andrei has retired from University Communications. To contact UB's media relations staff, call 716-645-6969 or visit our list of current university media contacts. Sorry for the inconvenience.