Northwestern is a campus of passionate, high-performing people who want to serve others.
That was evident on Tuesday, October 22 when the university campus was the site of a largescale emergency response training exercise. Initiated and led by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office (headed by Sheriff Matt Bostrom, ’92, a UNW distinguished alum), the exercise included crisis simulations, creative problem solving and the participation of nearly 100 emergency response professionals including area police, SWAT, fire departments, EMTs, Metro Transit and the Department of Homeland Security. Members of UNW’s Emergency Response Team congregated to practice strategies, and 75 students participated as volunteer role players.
It was a "whole community" approach.
“The staff at Northwestern had obviously thought a lot about this in advance,” said Judd Freed, director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Ramsey County. “In our discussions, they already had their people thinking about what happens next. That ability to think forward is a huge step to managing a crisis.”
UNW is only the second four-year university in the state of Minnesota to host such an exercise, and, according to Ramsey County, the first to do so with such a high participation rate from multiple agencies.
Northwestern will continue to place emphasis on emergency preparedness, building relationships with local and federal agencies.