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CSU Police conduct mock campus emergency

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

CSU Campus Police conducted a campus-wide mock emergency action drill Tuesday, July 22.

Campus personnel and other first-responders beyond Columbus State simulated their response to an emergency on campus.

The scenario for the drill was a tornado hitting a student apartment complex on main campus. Student role-players pretending to be affected by the simulated disaster were on hand to interact with first-responders during the simulation.

"This drill is part of CSU's ongoing emergency preparedness planning and is coordinated by the university-wide emergency operations team," said CSU Police Chief Rus Drew said.

The exercise also involved mobilization of CSU's Campus Emergency Response Team. CERT consists of university employees from several departments who have undergone interactive emergency preparedness and response training. The training includes basic search and rescue techniques, emergency communications and first aid.

Beyond CSU Police officers, personnel from the Columbus Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Columbus Police also participated.

"In the event of an emergency, safety is everyone's priority, and these drills provide an opportunity for the campus community to come together with emergency responders and better prepare themselves for these situations," Drew said.

The exercise also included a test of CougarAlert, CSU's emergency notification system. CougarAlert allows university officials to send emergency messages via text message, phone call and email. The system allows CSU students, employees and others who provide phone numbers and email addresses to be notified during emergencies, even if they're off campus.

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