Planning for active shooter drills at Eisenhower ongoing

Participants in the active shooter drills to take place at Eisenhower High School on August 20 will have two chances.

The drill will be run at noon and 4 p.m., tentatively, to give people a better chance to make one of the events.

Law enforcement officers will schedule a tactical training event in June so everyone is on the same page.

“We don’t just want to have the law enforcement training put into play that day,” Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said Thursday at a planning meeting.

Some of the areas that officials would like to see improvement compared to the drill this past year at Beaty-Warren Middle School include police roles after the threat is neutralized — secondary searches, escorting EMS into the building, and triage, according to City of Warren Police Captain Joe Sproveri.

The next planning meeting is dedicated to the fire and EMS services that would like to participate or would simply like to take advantage of a training opportunity.

The fire and EMS meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Eisenhower.

That event is open to “any volunteer firefighter, any EMS, anybody,” Buildings and Grounds Information Specialist Melissa McLean said.

“We’d like to get as many volunteers from throughout the county as possible,” Quality Control Supervisor Boyd Freeborough said.

The Warren County Department of Public Safety received a shipment of START — Simple Triage and Rapid Transport — kit materials and will be assembling kits for local responders.

District officials are asking teachers to make sure their ready buckets are ready — including having flashlights that are either working or have never had the battery tab pulled — and that they know what is in them. Some of the officials in the meeting recommended that teachers could put copies of their student rosters in the buckets.

In order to make the drill as realistic as possible, officials are looking into sound and smoke options to create chaos in the building and working on finding volunteers to be wounded or play other roles inside the building.

Law enforcement officers plan to use simulated ammunition — Simunition — for the drill.