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Office of Emergency Management to Host Full-Scale Emergency Response Exercise at Mark Light Field

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    The University of Miami Office of Emergency Management will lead a full-scale emergency response training exercise in collaboration with the UM Police Department, City of Coral Gables Police and Fire Departments, and other University departments on Sunday, March 18. The exercise will run from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field complex.

    Anyone in that area on that day should expect to see uniformed police and fire personnel, first responders and role players acting the part of victims. Roads will be closed at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and San Amaro Drive, as well as at San Amaro Drive and Levante and Brescia Avenues for the duration of the exercise. Signage will clearly indicate that an exercise is in progress.

    Date and Time

    Sunday, March 18, 2018
    8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


    • Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and perimeter will be closed and inaccessible.
    • No one is permitted in the Mark Light Field complex during this time.
    • Traffic on streets surrounding the training area also may be impacted at the time.

    What you might see:

    • UM Police and Coral Gables Police Department vehicles
    • City of Coral Gables Fire Department and Fire Rescue vehicles
    • UM Police Department units
    • Coral Gables Police Department units
    • Ambulances
    • Uniformed police officers
    • Uniformed fire personnel
    • Role players acting like victims running from the baseball stadium
    • Role players with special-effects makeup that looks like injuries acting as victims of a shooting extricated from the baseball stadium
    • Area surrounded by Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field taped off with police caution tape

    What you might hear:

    • Blank rounds that sound like gunfire
    • Role players acting out the role of victims
    • Police and fire personnel vocalizing commands
    • Emergency messaging over the public address system at Mark Light Field


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