(Bradenton, Fla., July 27, 2009) - A lockdown drill has been completed on the Venice campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The 10-minute drill began at approximately 10:15 a.m. today.

As part of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota's (SCF) incident response and disaster preparedness programs, the drill is a coordinated, supervised drill (not a simulated exercise) designed to test the College's emergency notification systems, including speakers, and the critical functional responsibilities of our faculty and staff. The drill includes ALL buildings, departments and classrooms, including students, faculty, staff and visitors -- everybody on campus at the time of the drill.

Local law enforcement agencies were at SCF Venice to monitor the drill. The drill provided the College and local law enforcement officials with an opportunity to evaluate the current emergency operation plan for responding to an emergency on our Venice campus. Plans are being made to conduct a similar drill on the Bradenton campus and add a simulated component to future exercises.

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