The University of Iowa

Emergency training exercise to take place on campus Aug. 13

Area first responders and local hospitals are participating in a Johnson County Emergency Management training exercise at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) at 7 a.m. on August 13, 2019. The CRWC and surrounding area will return to normal operations at 2 p.m.

We wish to assure you this is only an exercise and not a real emergency. The area will be clearly marked. However, the goal of this exercise is to make the medical and law enforcement response as realistic as possible.

The roads, sidewalks, and parking lots bordering CRWC listed below will be temporarily closed or have lane reductions for safety:

  • Madison Street (all lanes, in front of CRWC) between Burlington St. and Court St.
  • Burlington Street (right-eastbound lane only, north of CRWC) between Madison St. and Front St.
  • Court Street (westbound lane only, south of CRWC) between Madison St. and Front St.
  • Front Street between Court St. and Burlington St.
  • Sidewalks that correspond with the above street closures
  • Parking Lot 11 is closed to the public (open to permit holders)

Street and sidewalk closure map for Johnson County Emergency Management Training Exercise


Persons needing to travel near the area are advised to allow extra travel time. For information about impacts to transportation, please see the UI Parking and Transportation website.

We ask for your patience and support if the exercise disrupts your daily routine. The training is designed to validate and improve our community’s multijurisdictional response to a crisis situation involving an armed assailant. The exercise will involve a fictional law enforcement response, and first responders will treat volunteers who are pretending to be victims.

In the event of an actual emergency, normal emergency communication procedures will occur. 

If you have any additional questions about the campus impact of this exercise, contact:

UI Department of Public Safety


If you have any additional questions about the training component of this exercise, contact: 

Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management