Today (Tuesday) you might be seeing a lot of law enforcement on and around the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Don't be alarmed. It's for a very important activity.

They will be conducting active shooter drills today. Authorities say it was planned well before the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

With an ongoing uptick of mass shootings at public places around the country, Johnson County and other agencies thought it was time to put together these drills. The activity will involve a person entering a room and pretending to shoot a dozen people, followed by police intervening, stopping the threat, and treating those acting as victims and taking them to the hospital.

Look for detours around the University campus and recreation center areas. It will last until around 1 p.m. this afternoon, followed by a debriefing of those involved. As a point of information for those not involved in these drills today, first responders say a person's best courses of action in an active shooter situation are to run, fight or hide. Every situation is different, so the course of action depends on the situation.

[Via KCRG]