Public Safety Training Exercise
Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Minnesota and Westwood Community Church will conduct a joint public safety training exercise on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Activities pertaining to the exercise will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by 2:00 p.m. The Arboretum will be closed until 2:00 p.m. to the public on that day. Only authorized employees and training exercise participants will be allowed on the Arboretum property.
Several agencies and organizations will be participating in the training exercise. Carver County: Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, 911 Communications Center, and Health and Human Services; City Fire Departments: Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, and Excelsior; University of Minnesota: Landscape Arboretum, Department of Emergency Management, Police Department, University Relations, and Public Safety Emergency Communications Center; Westwood Community Church, Southwest Transit, Ridgeview Medical Center and Ambulance Services.
The community and residents near and around the Arboretum and Westwood Community Church can expect increased first responder activity on the grounds and in surrounding areas.
The simulated emergency scenario will include an incident at the Arboretum which would initiate the need to activate a Family Assistance/Reunification Center at Westwood Community Church.
It is necessary for all agencies and organizations to regularly plan, prepare and practice for large emergencies and disasters. This large scale training exercise will assist all participating agencies and organizations to refine emergency plans and security measures, create and enhance crisis communications plans and social media strategies and above all, strengthen partnerships between public safety agencies and the participating organizations.
This emergency training exercise allows public safety personnel, the Arboretum and other agency/organizational partners to continue to train together and be well prepared in the event a major incident or disaster should occur.
Carver County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Deputy, Carver County Sheriff’s Office
University of Minnesota
University News Service
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Public Relations