Working with MEMA, College Runs Drill on La Plata Campus

In partnership with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency as well as with local and regional emergency management and public safety agencies, the College of Southern Maryland conducted an emergency exercise Nov. 7 on its La Plata Campus. The exercise was designed to test the college’s preparedness in collaboration with local first responder and emergency management agencies.“The drill was the culmination of more than a year of planning among many partners, including Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Fire and EMS, and the college to test emergency notification systems, communication and response procedures, as well as to identify areas in need of improvement,” said CSM Public Safety and Preparedness Executive Director Don Frick. More than 150 CSM students, faculty and community volunteers, as well as evaluators and observers from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties participated in the drill.For photos from the emergency drill, visit information on CSM’s public safety and preparedness efforts, visit