Christopher Newport University Active Shooter Full-Scale Exercise


August 2016 – November 2016


Tammy Waldroup-Sommer, Director of Emergency Management

Christopher Newport University

12270 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606

Phone: 757-594-7428     Email:


The Olson Group led the design and development, conduct, and evaluation of a full-scale exercise for Christopher Newport University. Over 10 organizations participated in the exercise from the University, including non-profits and governmental organizations. Exercise play occurred on campus on the first floors of the Freeman Center and Christopher Newport Hall.

The exercise focused on five core capabilities and emphasized a real world scenario with nearly 200 volunteer actors who played students or staff. Actors had a myriad of simulated injuries consistent with active shooter events.

Actors were situated throughout two buildings, portraying victims of a shooter who had entered the buildings and opened fire with intent to harm as many people as possible.

A Family Assistance Center/ Family Reception Center was also established to assist simulated concerned family members.

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