Preparing for a campus emergency
One of the common questions we get asked by prospective students and their families is “How safe is campus?”
Well, aside from the 24 hour campus security team, the emergency call stations, and MUNSU’s WalkSafe & SafeDrive programs, on Monday, May 13, the St. John’s campus participated in a full scale emergency exercise to help the University and its external partners practice for a potential emergency on campus.
While it all looked very real, with casualties, fake blood, and two incidents, it was a beneficial exercise to help in the event of a real emergency situation.
I was a volunteer for the day with the camera crew who were documenting the entire exercise. We were tasked with filming the incidents, casualties and how the University officials and first responders handled the situation. I’ve always been someone who enjoys trying to figure out how things go together, or watching behind the scenes clips from TV shows or movies. So, you can imagine how fascinated I was following the different groups of responders around for the day, and despite it all being a simulation, it felt very real. What a great learning experience!
To read more about the exercise visit: http://www.mun.ca/emergency/ECC2013/
Until next time,