COLUMBUS – The Nebraska Public Power District in Columbus held an active shooter exercise on Wednesday morning, with the goal to train employees on what to do in the event of an active threat.
The exercise consisted of an employee posing as a shooter, who walked from floor to floor with a yellow, rubber gun looking for targets of opportunity. The shooter also blew a whistle to simulate the sound of a gunshot, and wore a hardhat attached with a GoPro camera to capture the footage of the simulation for a later review.
NPPD partners with the Columbus Police Department, the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol when conducing their exercises in Columbus, as well as in their offices across the state. NPPD’s office in Columbus houses a security operations center, which monitors over 45 locations across the state, and all facilities are trained in the same procedures in dealing with active threats.
NPPD says that employee safety is their number one concern, and drills such as the one held on Wednesday help to ensure a safe working environment for their staff.