Virginia Western Community College’s Roanoke campus will be closed to outside visitors on Thursday, August 9th, while it hosts a regional emergency planning and response drill. Students wishing to register for classes may do so in person at the adjacent Fishburn Park Elementary School or online at www.virginiawestern.edu/
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has joined the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the City of Roanoke, and other area federal, state, and local agencies to conduct the exercise. The drill will test regional capabilities in law enforcement, fire and EMS response, hospitals and healthcare, education, and family assistance.
If possible, commuters are advised to avoid Colonial Avenue, as it crosses the Virginia Western campus. Valley Metro riders will not be allowed access to campus at the Colonial Avenue stop.