Heads up: There’s going to be an active shooter training at ODU

(Southside Daily file)
(Southside Daily file)

NORFOLK — On Monday and Tuesday, the Old Dominion University Office of Emergency Management will host the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to facilitate a Campus Active Shooter Integrated Response pilot course on campus.

The course is designed to enhance the readiness of public safety personnel and other responders in the event of an active threat incident.

The first day of instruction is classroom-based; the second day involves realistic practical exercises in several campus buildings.

These exercises will be held in Constant Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building, S.B. Ballard Stadium, Kornblau Alumni Center and Goode Theater, and will consist of scenarios that could include the use of devices that simulate the sound of ammunition being fired. These controlled training scenarios present no threat to the university community.

Simulations will occur in each building throughout the day Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Signs will be posted at each building entrance and access to the specific training areas in each building will be restricted while exercises are under way.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ODU Office of Emergency Management at oem@odu.edu or 757-683-5116.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.