Alert: The City of Tampa is hosting an emergency response drill

The drill will include simulated explosions, injured residents, and reunification efforts.

A photograph of Old City Hall in Downtown Tampa. There is a US flag flying overhead and a modern skyscraper in the background.

Old City Hall was built in 1915.

Photo by TBAYtoday

Tampanians might encounter some roadblocks on their commutes downtown today. But don’t be alarmed — the city is hosting a large-scale emergency response drill simulating a mass casualty incident.

The exercise is taking place at the Tampa Convention Center + includes simulated explosions, dozens of volunteers with fake wounds, and a family reunification center at Port Tampa Bay. The drill will test the crisis response of local agencies like law enforcement and fire rescue.

Residents should be aware of a few road closures around the Tampa Convention Center from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. today, including:

  • Franklin Street is closed southbound from Channelside Drive to Harbour Island Boulevard Bridge starting at 6 a.m.
  • Franklin Street is closed northbound from Channelside Drive to Harbour Island Boulevard Bridge starting at 8 a.m.