Xcel Energy will conduct a security exercise on Saturday at Xcel Energy’s headquarters building at 790 S. Buchanan St. in downtown Amarillo that will involve several local law enforcement and first responder organizations.
Southeast Seventh Avenue between Pierce and Buchanan streets will be closed during the exercise, which will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and passersby will likely notice a large amount of emergency response vehicles around the Xcel Energy building.
Xcel Energy’s security team has designed the active shooter exercise to help the company evaluate plans to respond to an active shooter event and work with law enforcement groups most likely to respond in a real-life situation.
The company has invited the Amarillo Police Department to use the office setting for police hostage-taking response training once the active shooter exercise concludes at midday. In both the active shooter and hostage scenarios, actors will portray assailants and simulator weapons will discharge blanks to make the training as real as possible.
Law enforcement and first responder agencies taking part in the active shooter exercise include the Amarillo Police Department, Amarillo Fire Department, Potter County Sheriff’s Office, Randall County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Amarillo Area Office of Emergency Management.
For additional information, contact Wes Reeves, Xcel Energy senior media relations representative, at 806-679-7773 or Sgt. Carla Burr, public information officer at the Amarillo Police Department, at 806-378-4257.