Kent Place School will host a multi-jurisdictional crisis management drill on Friday, October 7 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on the school’s campus located in Summit, NJ.
The City of Summit’s Emergency Management Team, Police Department, Fire Department, Volunteer EMS, Health Department and Department of Public Works, as well as Colonial Crossroads Red Cross, Overlook Hospital, the Union County Office of Emergency Management and Summit Public Schools have spent the past several months working with Kent Place to conduct simulations and trainings, such as tabletop work sessions, to prepare for the full-scale exercise drill.
The multiple scenario drill not only tests the school’s emergency procedures, but also creates a real-time practice environment for multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response coordination that would be necessary in the event of an actual incident.
"Kent Place School is grateful for and appreciative of the collaboration and expertise of the various town organizations and departments in exploring and managing how to best optimize emergency management and crisis response," said Sue Bosland, Head of School.
“Kent Place faculty, staff and select students will be participants in the drill. The entire school community - as well as our neighbors - will be notified in advance, and asked not to react to the activity at and around the Kent Place School campus, located at 42 Norwood Avenue,” added James Palmieri, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Kent Place. “Due to the severe expectations of the crisis plot, we anticipate school building evacuations and responses from multiple emergency vehicles, causing local traffic interruptions between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on this day."
“The City of Summit greatly appreciates the excellent cooperation from Kent Place School in working to make this important exercise a success,” said Christopher Cotter, City Administrator and City of Summit Emergency Management Coordinator.
Kent Place School, founded in 1894, is the largest nonsectarian, independent school for girls and young women in New Jersey. Kent Place serves 632 students from 80 communities. For more information, please visit Kent Place on the web at www.kentplace.org.