The Houston Fire Department has announced plans for a mass casualty simulation drill east of the Texas Medical Center.

The drill will take place Friday at 3100 Shenandoah Street starting at 8:30 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m.

Officials say area residents and workers may hear loud noises and simulated gunfire along with an increase in emergency vehicles.

They say it is only a drill and residents should not be alarmed.