Emergency Drill at Sweet Home Middle School

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM EDT

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April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM EDT


AMHERST (WKBW) There was no real threat or emergency at Sweet Home Middle School in Amherst, but school officials and local police want to make sure they're ready just in case there ever is.

Police cars on school grounds and students hurried onto buses looks like a scary scene, but authorities stress that this was just a drill.

"By drilling we can better equip ourselves to respond in the face of emergency should it ever occur," Sweet Home School District Superintendent Anthony Day said.

"Everybody is a little more comfortable if something horrible were to happen, everybody would know their role, know what to do, rather than have to go look it up," Amherst Police Assistant Chief Charles Cohen added.

Amherst police, alongside school officials worked on a practice lockdown at Sweet Home Middle School, then evacuating students via bus. Police then held an "active shooter" drill at the school with police, fire, and SWAT team responding.

"The coordination is critical between the police department, the school staff, the emergency services, fire service, all those people who would be involved in a real incident," Assistant Chief Cohen added.

And while the plan to hold the drill was in place well before the Boston bombings, school and local authorities say they serve as a reminder of the importance of being prepared.

"The events in Boston could potentially happen anywhere, just like the events in Connecticut. So we have to be ready," Superintendent Day said.

Following Friday's drill, officials say they are confident in their ability to handle a crisis if one were to happen.