Thursday, August 12, 2021

Smoke? Cries for help? Don't Worry, HSU is Having a Drill Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 3:11 PM

Things might get a little loud today at Humboldt State University around 6 p.m. but don't worry, it's only a drill.

The campus will be conducting an emergency simulation that will include will include smoke and actors crying for help, with the University Police Department, the Arcata Fire Department and Arcata Mad River Ambulance participating. Traffic on campus may be effected.

"The emergency simulation is intended to provide a real-time, realistic experience of an emergency as well as provide the opportunity to test and evaluate a practical plan and practice communication among agencies," a new release from HSU states.

Read the full release below:
Humboldt State University Housing & Residence Life will hold an emergency simulation on Thursday, August 12, 2021, to test campus and community response teams. The simulation will begin around 6 p.m. The simulation will be loud and include participation from Housing & Residence Life, the University Police Department, the Arcata Fire Department, and Arcata Mad River Ambulance. Passersby may see smoke coming out of buildings and actors crying for help. First responders will be using emergency radios, and traffic flow may be affected on campus. The purpose of the exercise is to train Housing staff and local first responders on how to respond to a campus housing emergency. The emergency simulation is intended to provide a real-time, realistic experience of an emergency as well as provide the opportunity to test and evaluate a practical plan and practice communication among agencies.
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