LSU plans campus emergency exercise

LSU will conduct a full-scale campus emergency exercise next week that will close off parts of campus to the general public.

The university is asking that people avoid the Quad and central part of campus as much as possible Tuesday evening for the drill.

“The focus of this exercise is to engage the university’s emergency procedures and allow public safety agencies and community partners to improve emergency planning efforts through practice,” LSU Police Chief Lawrence Rabalais said in a news release. “LSU, the city-parish of East Baton Rouge and participating agencies appreciate the public’s cooperation.”

The exercise is being conducted along with LSU Emergency Operations, Baton Rouge Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, Acadian Ambulance Service, Baton Rouge Fire Department, East Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana Emergency Response Network, Baton Rouge General Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

According to the news release, the evening was selected to avoid unnecessary inconveniences to staff non-essential to the emergency exercise, as well as any students in intercession classes.

Police will close Dalrymple Drive between Infirmary Lane and the Indian Mound/Peabody Hall Lots at about 5:15 p.m. The emergency drill will begin at 6 p.m.

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