VIDEO: First responders in Iowa City took part in an active shooter drill Tuesday morning on the University of Iowa campus, an exercise that organizers said has become critical to practice. The drill, organized by Johnson County Emergency Management, had police officers from both Iowa City and Coralville participate. It also included fire crews and paramedics to respond to injuries in the "hot zone," referred to as the active location of a threat.
The timing of the drill might seem fitting between the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, but organizers said it took two years to prepare this particular drill. Seeing those more recent shootings made it all the more important the drill was taken seriously.