Map of active shooter training in downtown Iowa City.
Area first responders and local hospitals are participating in a Johnson County Emergency Management training exercise at the University of Iowa Campus Wellness and Recreation Center (CRWC) at approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

The event, centered around the Wellness Center at 309 S. Madison St., is an exercise to help train multiple jurisdictions on how to best respond to an incident involving an armed assailant, and is not a real emergency.

The area will be clearly marked for the public. The following roads, sidewalks, and parking lots will be temporarily closed during the exercise to ensure safety:

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

The CRWC and surrounding area is expected to return to normal operations by 2 p.m. The goal of this exercise is to make the medical and law enforcement response as realistic as possible for those involved. 

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 multi-jurisdictional response to similar crisis situations. The exercise will involve a fictional law enforcement response, and first responders will treat volunteers who are pretending to be victims.

For additional information and a closure map, please see the UI Department of Public Safety website.

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

For more information, contact Dave Wilson, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management at, or at 319-356-6761.

Date of publication

Monday, August 05, 2019