School and law enforcement officials are conducting an emergency drill at Bismarck's Liberty Elementary School on Wednesday.
The "full-scale" active-shooter drill planned for 1-3 p.m. has been in the works for a year. About 100 volunteers are taking part, with some playing the roles of injured students and teachers. Residents in the area are being cautioned that there will be a lot of activity in the area, but it is only a drill.
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Agencies involved in the drill are: Bismarck Public Schools, Bismarck Police Department and Central Dakota Communications Center, Bismarck Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Bismarck Fire Department, city of Bismarck, Sanford Health, CHI St. Alexius and other local organizations.
A similar drill was conducted five years ago at Horizon Middle School.
“It’s good practice for school districts and communities to drill large-scale emergency response," Bismarck Public Schools Safety Coordinator Becky LaBella said. "We learn a lot to improve our response when we debrief after the scenario is played out.”