Public safety drills coming soon

By Ryan Junt - Staff Reporter

Expanded safety drills will take place shortly, according to the Public Safety Department.

Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said the expanded drills will start this week and move forward into the quarter.

The drills are intended to "protect students, staff and faculty," Sgt. Curtis said.

He explained that "Public Safety only has limited staff" and cannot assist everyone on campus at once. He stressed that students and staff need to follow directions and pay close attention to the "building monitors, the ones in orange vests." Sgt. Curtis said he wants people to take the drills seriously and act as if it is a real situation.

He said people act the way they are trained and the drills are the training for everyone, Public Safety included. "It only takes one" person choosing not to participate in the drills to give the whole room license to ignore the process and therefore negate the whole purpose, he said.

The drills are to practice evacuation in the case of an emergency. Such as a need to evacuate a building for things such as fire, natural disasters, shootings and even snow.

"We rely on these drills" to make the evacuation smooth and efficient, he said.

The drills have no timeline and will be at random, he said. The cooperation of all faculty and students is crucial to the success of the drills, he said.

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