LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS) – Emergency response drills by federal, state and local agencies, will be held from 4-8 p.m. April 22-23 on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) campus, and will include a scenario with an explosion and armed intruders.
During the exercises a non-lethal "flash bang" grenade will be detonated near the UAMS Biomedical Research building on the northeast area of its campus, near the intersection of Jack Stephens Drive and Plateau Street. The detonation will cause a loud noise and a flash of light but there will be no vibration or threat to any person or building in the vicinity. Intruders armed with fake weapons will enter the Biomedical Research Building as part of the exercises.
Access to two areas will be restricted both days, including the Biomedical Research Building and nearby parking lots along with a portion of the parking lot on the east side of War Memorial Stadium. Simulated patients from the mass casualty incident will be sent from a staging area on the War Memorial Stadium parking lot to participating hospitals during the April 22 exercise.
Signs and roadblocks will be placed near these areas to remind the public of the exercises but no traffic disruption is anticipated off campus either day. A portion of Jack Stephens Drive on the UAMS campus will temporarily be closed both days. All closed areas are expected to reopen by 8 p.m.
The large-scale exercises — among the largest ever held in the state — will include responders and participation by UAMS, the FBI, Department of Energy, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Department of Health, Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and the police, fire and emergency management departments from the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, War Memorial Stadium, area hospitals and hazardous materials teams.
UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,865 students and 785 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.