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NMSU to participate in joint crisis management exercises Jan. 23 and 25

The New Mexico State University Police and Fire Departments will participate in multi-agency hazardous materials crisis management exercises on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 25, at two locations on the Las Cruces Campus: Cole Village student housing and the Fulton Center.

To avoid any confusion during the exercise, NMSU is notifying the public and campus community ahead of time. The all-day exercises are closed to the general public.

U.S. Army North, which is responsible for developing and sustaining training and response capabilities for numerous Civil Support Teams throughout the U.S. and its territories, is coordinating the exercise for the 64th Civil Support Team, based out of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

NMSU will participate by providing incident command and response capability to enable the team to interface and integrate with other local, state and federal resources, conduct threat and hazard assessment and assist in accomplishing incident command goals and objectives.

Participating in this collaboration will allow NMSU to assure a coordinated, timely and effective response and recovery in the event of a major incident. Students, faculty, staff and other community members are encouraged to reference the administrative regulations at NMSU ARP 16.10 regarding emergency preparedness and response.

Federal, state and local agencies participating in the exercise include but are not limited to U.S. Army North, 64th Civil Support Team, NMSU Police Department, NMSU Fire Department, Las Cruces Fire Department, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and Doña Ana County’s Office of Emergency Management.

Media availability: Because of the sensitive nature of the activities, media presence will be limited during the exercises as they unfold. Before approaching either of these areas, please contact NMSU’s onsite media liaison, Amanda Bradford, at 575- 644-6523.