On Oct. 11, 2017 the Office of Emergency Management and the University Police Department held a partial lockdown drill on campus in Wooster Hall.
During the lockdown drill a simulated violent intruder event occurred. This included simulated threats, gunshots, a lockdown and an armed police response.
In order to prepare the community for this drill, the Office of Emergency Management and the University Police Department worked in collaboration with key campus stakeholders to create a lockdown committee whose members include faculty, staff, Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS), and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The committee has consulted with preparedness partners to discuss the development and testing of this lockdown policy and practice and to determine a date and time that would be the least disruptive to campus operations. This research has shown that there are very few classes in Wooster Hall at the planned time for the drill. It was also determined that campus café Element 93 will close promptly at 9:45 a.m. to minimize disruption and the café will reopen at the conclusion of the drill.
On September 19, 2017, all classrooms, offices and tenants of Wooster Hall received a notification letter informing them of the upcoming drill. Additional copies of the letter can be obtained by emailing the address below.
While plans were made to minimize disturbance, this partial lockdown drill was somewhat distracting, but an essential element of our campus emergency preparedness measures. In order to minimize the impact that this had on our students, faculty, staff and visitors, we conducted the drill in a controlled setting between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The campus was made aware of the conclusion of the partial lockdown drill via multiple emergency notifications systems, as determined by the Drill Commander. This included, speaker array broadcasts, email, text, Cisco phone announcements, phone calls and digital signage.
How to respond when an active shooter drill occurs in your vicinity
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that students and guests are likely to follow the lead of faculty and staff during an active shooter situation. In a real active shooter incident you would react in any manner that may increase your likelihood of survival. In a drill, you should safely act out your real life response. That would include either running, hiding, or fighting.
Good practices for participating in a lockdown drill
- Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
- Take note of the two nearest exits
- If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
- If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door
Plans were shared with the local media and area emergency response organizations in order to assure a smooth procedure for all involved in the drill.
Campus Emergency Response Plans for Faculty & Staff and for Students are available at http://www.newpaltz.edu/emergency/responseplan.html.
Any questions or concerns can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a personalized response.
Watch the SUNY New Paltz Active Shooter awareness/prevention video.
Stay tuned for upcoming information on our full campus lockdown drill coming in the fall of 2018.