At West Virginia State University July 25, a training exercise, the scope of which has never been conducted at WVSU before, will take place to help make the entire community more prepared.
According to a press release, the drill, which stimulates an active shooter and simulated ammunition by law enforcement, “is a training exercise for local and state first responders, the university’s public safety officers, students, faculty and staff.”
The West Virginia State Police, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Dunbar Police Department, Kanawha County Emergency Services, County Metro 911, Nitro Police Department, Institute Fire Department and WVSU students and staff will take part at the approximately 10:22 a.m. drill, happening in the area of the Drain Jordan Library.
According to the news release, “shots are fired on the lawn of the library and the shooter flees inside the building. One the drill begins, the campus community and neighbors will hear the university’s outdoor warning sirens sound. Messages will be sent to all students, faculty and staff who have enrolled in the university’s emergency notification system. The messages will be communicated through telephone calls and mobile phone texts. The WVSU website and social media platforms will transmit drill messages.”
At 10:35, law enforcement and emergency vehicles will have responded and be clearly visible on campus. The drill is expected to last an hour and a half or less.