Western Alert test planned for Thursday morning, Oct. 15

Submitted by Western Today on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 11:34am

Western Washington University will conduct a test lockdown drill of selected offices and classrooms on campus during the university’s Western Alert emergency notification system at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Western Alert includes emergency messages via building enunciation (audio messages in buildings), outdoor speakers, texts, email, social media, desktop notification and the university homepage.

At the same time as the Western Alert campus wide test, a small group of faculty, staff and students will be participating in the test lockdown drill on campus. Please know this is only a drill. Feedback from participants will be gathered to further improve on a full campus lockdown drill being planned on campus next spring.

The following offices and classrooms will be part of the test lockdown drill on Thursday: Business and Financial Affairs suite, Old Main; Fairhaven Residence Hall Stack 2, Floor 3; selected offices on Viking Union Floor 5 including Dean of Students Admin Unit (VU547 Suite), Student Life Office (VU506), As Board (VU504); selected offices of Business Services (32nd Street); selected offices Wade King Student Recreation Center; Child Development Center; Facilities Management (Work Control Center, identified custodians and maintenance mechanics); and classrooms HU101, PAC LLII#24, Arntzen 100, OM483 and PH213.

When each of us is better prepared, Western will be collectively more resilient. Please take 8 minutes to watch Western's emergency management video.  The U.S. government has provided an under-6-minute video on your options if violence occurs called Run, Hide, Fight. More information on what do during an emergency on campus is available at this FAQ.

Representatives from the Counseling Center (650-3164) and state Employee Assistance Program will be available during and after the drill to provide support as needed to participating students and employees.  Please contact them directly for assistance.