Minnesota State University, Mankato will host an emergency preparedness training exercise Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 12-3 p.m. on the west lawn of the University’s Performing Arts Building, located along Ellis Avenue North.

The training exercise is closed to the public for safety purposes. The campus area (see attached map) immediately outside the exercise perimeter will remain open. One block of Ellis Avenue North (between Birchwood and Maywood avenues) on the university campus will be closed to through traffic from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.


Participants in the exercise with Minnesota State Mankato include staff from the cities of Mankato (public safety) and North Mankato (police), Blue Earth County Sheriff deputies, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service.

“Conducting emergency response practice exercises leads to safe, responsible operations,” said David Jones, Minnesota State Mankato’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “Working and training with other community organizations has many benefits, including coordination between internal and external teams, agencies and entities. It validates training and education and increases awareness about hazards and their potential impacts. It also helps assess the capability of existing resources and identify additional resources needed.”