In late September, Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) conducted an Active Shooter Table-Top Exercise to test both response and recovery following a possible active shooter threat occurring in Camden County Schools.
“We are fortunate in Camden County to have strong partnerships, and engaged leadership with the Camden County Board of Commissioners, Camden County Schools, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Cities of St. Marys and Kingsland Police and Fire Departments. Our continued ability to work as a team is critical in our ability to respond to threats in our schools,” stated Emergency Management Director Chuck White.
Exercise participants included Camden County Schools, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, St. Marys Police Department, St. Marys Fire Department, Kingsland Police Department, Kingsland Fire Department. Camden County Fire Rescue, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Emergency Management. The exercise focused on key objectives including response, command and control, communications, as well as the ability to effectively reunify students and parents following an emergency incident.
The exercise provided real-world scenarios, designed to test school officials and first responders. Additionally, the exercise allowed both Camden County Schools, and first responders to sharpen their skills during crisis response, while also learning to work as a unified command structure. After-Action Reports being developed will identify any gaps in planning or operations, and will include improvement plans to address specific gaps.