Emergency preparedness spikes at Purdue since shooting

Purdue University (WLFI Photo)
Purdue University (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An interest in emergency preparedness at Purdue has spiked since the deadly shooting on campus in January.

As a result, the university is offering special training sessions through the month of March. The sessions are available to Purdue faculty, staff and students.

The goal is to train the Purdue community on how to react in a potentially dangerous situation. From tornado warnings to an active shooter, the sessions work through the layers of the emergency alert system.

Public Information Director Liz Evans said the university has always offered these sessions. The majority of those requested are by different campus groups. Since the shooting on January 21, more than 1,000 people have attended the sessions.

“We hope nothing ever happens, but we’ve learned things do happen. Things can happen anywhere and our best defense is to be as prepared as possible,” Evans said.

The one-hour sessions are currently being offered 3 days a week. Evans said as long as the demand is there, the university will continue to offer them.

“People want to be prepared and as prepared as possible. We have emergency procedures in place and getting a refresher course just helps everyone to be prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Evans.

Some students said they are prepared as possible.

“I think to the best that you can be. I think there are certain situations that you’re never going to be fully prepared for unless you’re put in that position,” said Jessica Head.

“I think that Purdue does a great job of notifying through their emergency notification system,” said Noah Bannister.

To find a list of sessions offered, please click here.

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