Football season is just around the corner, and Texas A&M is not only ready for another year of games on the gridiron. They are also prepared should an emergency strike.
Earlier Thursday, A&M practiced its emergency plan by setting up a command center, handling various scenarios such as crowd management, evacuations and sheltering, traffic management, and communications.
"This is the preparation phase," Texas A&M Associate Athletic Director Mike Caruso said. "We talk about what the individual action would be and what the outcome would be and how we would deal with the aftermath."
Officials say with thousands of people flocking into Kyle field each game, planning ahead is crucial.
"It keeps you fresh, it keeps the issues before you so you can work through problems," Chief Elmer Schneider with University Police said. "You have these different scenarios, so it helps to learn from them and to improve and increase the security of the patrons that come to our events."
Representatives from local, state and national agencies were involved in the emergency exercise including the Bryan and College Station police and fire departments, the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety.