University Police Staging Emergency Drill at Columbus State Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Police at Columbus State University will conduct a campus-wide mock emergency action drill on Tuesday, July 22.

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

During the drill, campus personnel and first-responders such as police and paramedics beyond Columbus State will simulate a response to an emergency on campus. The scenario for Tuesday’s drill calls for a tornado hitting a student apartment complex on main campus. Student role-players affected by the simulated disaster will be on hand to interact with first-responders during the simulation.

The exercise also will involve 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, other local public safety responders expected to participate are personnel from the Columbus Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Columbus Police.

“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.

Tuesday’s exercise also will include 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.

For more information on CougarAlert, visit

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