YSU plans for active shooter situations

A day after shots rang out on the campus of Purdue University, prosecutors are piecing together their case against the suspect who killed a fellow student. Closer to home, officials at Youngstown State University are trying their best to prepare for similar situations.

Flashing lights and cops with guns surrounded the Electrical Engineering Building at Purdue University on Tuesday. One student shot and killed another.

It is a situation that is shocking, but YSU Director of Communications Ron Cole said it’s something for which schools and universities can prepare.

“The thing is you never know when it’s going to happen. You hope it doesn’t, but you’re always anticipating some day it possibly could,” said Cole. “You need to be prepared for the worst.”

It’s an all hands on deck approach at YSU. Officials said the more departments involved, the better their safety plans will be.

“We feel like we’ve really made some strides in the last couple of years, beefing up the training that we have for individuals here on campus,” said Cole.

One of their most valuable tools is the alert system that sends texts and emails when a security issue occurs on campus. The system has been used several times this past fall to alert students of a string of robberies in neighborhoods near the university.

“We try to only use it when we need to. We don’t want to overwhelm people with too many messages so they stop paying attention to them,” Cole explained.

Twenty thousand people, between faculty, staff, students, and parents are signed up for the program.

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