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Auburn University’s Risk Management and Safety, along with several other campus units and local first-responder agencies from the community, will take part in the university’s first ever Disaster Day on Friday, April 28. The event is hosted by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn, or VCOM

“Disaster Day” is an emergency response training and disaster simulation event specifically for second-year VCOM medical students who will be evaluated that day by VCOM faculty on their ability to respond and triage casualties. More than 150 second-year students will be participating as part of evaluation, while another 100 students will play the roles of “casualties” or other necessary characters.

Disaster Day will take place on the VCOM campus at 910 South Donahue Drive, and VCOM classes will be suspended that day as most faculty, staff and students will be participating in the event. Other university units participating include Auburn University RMS, Auburn University Public Safety, Auburn University ROTC and members of the Auburn University Campus Community Emergency Response Team. In addition, a few local agencies will also participate, including the Auburn and Opelika Fire Divisions and the East Alabama Medical Center EMS.

The first disaster simulation of the day will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the second disaster scenario at 1 p.m. The event is for VCOM faculty, staff and students only, and participating Auburn University units. It is not open to the public.

RMS Environmental Health and Safety Technician Michael Freeman and VCOM’s JJ White will appear on WANI 98.7’s Auburn-Opelika "This Morning Show" on Thursday, April 27, at 8:35 a.m. to talk about Disaster Day. Follow @AURMS to see the live tweets from Disaster Day on April 28. Read more about Disaster Day on the RMS website