“Wow! We didn’t realize just how intense it would be!” said first-timers participating in a critical incident drill recently on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.
“We were behind closed doors but the shots were still so loud.”
“As I heard the shooter race down the hall it made my heart race, too.”
“Even though I knew it was just a drill, I was so glad when I heard the deputies arrive.”
Such were the comments from newer faculty and staff who had never participated in an SCC lock down drill before. Held in cooperation with local law enforcement, Southwestern’s campuswide lock down tested the college’s emergency plans, procedures and readiness. The scenario involved multiple shooters on campus.
“A full-faceted drill with realistic role players helps us to expose flaws in our planning and systems so that we can address them. Our planning team will be reading the evaluations and notes from the de-briefing and making recommendations to the president and administration,” said Chuck Reece, director of Southwestern’s human resources and facility development.
“It went better than expected-on both ends, on the law enforcement end and on the college end,” according to Curtis Dowdle, SCC director of training, Public Safety Training Center, who was in charge of the drill. “It allowed us to see any weaknesses in our systems.”
“We hope to never need a lock down, but the training experience we gained Thursday could one day save lives,” said Reece.