Full-scale active threat exercises to be held at Emory University, CDC

Large-scale “active threat” exercises will be held on the Emory University campus and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention campus this week.

The joint exercises, which are being held by Emory, the CDC and the Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative, are being held to test the organizations’ response to an  active threat in metro Atlanta.

Dozens of federal and local emergency response personnel, along with personnel from the CDC, Emory University, Emory Healthcare and Grady Health System, are participating.

The exercise at Emory will take place from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday, and at the CDC’s Roybal Campus from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The press release defined metro Atlanta as including Atlanta along with Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

The UASI is a Department of Homeland Security grant program designed to assist urban areas to prevent, prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks and other all-hazard emergencies.

See additional details about the events here.