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Emergency exercise scheduled this week for UF campus

Press release from University of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the University of Florida may see numerous personnel and vehicles from area law enforcement, fire rescue, and other first-responder agencies on campus this week as part of an emergency training exercise.

In addition, news media and others who monitor public safety scanners should be aware they may hear radio traffic related to the exercise on those days and should not mistake it for an actual emergency.

“This will all be part of the exercise, and we want to make the campus aware so that no one is concerned,” said Kenneth Allen, director of UF’s Department of Emergency Management. The exercise was scheduled between academic summer semesters to minimize any impacts.

The Gator Chomp Exercise will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Wednesday’s activities will be held in and around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. On Thursday, the exercise will be conducted around Leigh Hall.

The exercise is being coordinated by the Department of Emergency Management and the UF Police Department. About 100 personnel will participate representing agencies and groups including the Florida National Guard’s 44th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team, the FBI, Gainesville Fire Rescue, the Gainesville Police Department, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Alachua County Fire Rescue, UF Health Shands Hospital, and UF Environmental Health & Safety.

  • This reminds me of something that very few people know (or realize). Did you know that there is an actual Nuclear Reactor on UF’s campus? It is literally right across the street from the stadium! I have seen it up close (many years ago).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UF_Training_Reactor

    Of course, I am now blind, but it was still cool (Just Kidding, LOL).

    • From what I remember, it’s sort of between the Journalism building and the Reitz Union. There used to be a sign on the wall outside that read “The reactor is on” and a light bulb that would light up. It wasn’t on the couple of times I saw it.

    • They also have a couple BSL3 labs on campus with select agents. One on top of Cancer-Genetics building and one in basement of communicore building.

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