TODAY: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to conduct active shooter drill

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Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (WHNT News 19)

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Authorities at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are planning to conduct an active shooter emergency exercise Thursday afternoon.

The exercise will include a mock shooter and victims; simulated emergency radio traffic, alerts and announcements; Marshall, Redstone Arsenal and area emergency responders and response teams; and other activities to test Marshall’s emergency response and communications preparedness.

Authorities say during the simulation, Emergency Notification System announcements, NIXLE text messages and other messages will be preceded by “EXERCISE.”

Though the exercise will only be held within a Marshall facility on Redstone Arsenal, Marshall Space Flight Center authorities feel it is important the community is aware that any unusual activity that might be seen or heard is part of the exercise and not an actual emergency.

The active shooter exercise is part of Marshall Space Flight Center’s ongoing commitment to protecting its employees.