Tuesday, Oct. 4, is National Night Out, and SMU students, faculty and staff will gather on the Main Quad from 4-7 PM to share food, refreshments, and emergency and safety information. This year, the observance of National Night Out will include an active shooter simulation at 5:30 p.m., in front of McFarlin Auditorium.
The goal of the simulation is to make the campus community aware of actions they can take for their own safety in the event of an active shooter incident on our campus, and will be based on the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol endorsed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While SMU police and other campus emergency personnel are well-trained to respond to campus emergencies, they stress that individual knowledge and training can save lives.
SMU students, faculty and staff can view basic information about all of the University’s emergency procedures, as well as videos that explain what to do in the event of an active shooter or a weather emergency, at www.smu.edu/emergency.
SMU has organized other active shooter drills in recent years, but this will be the first produced outdoors. The SMU Police Department hopes that hosting the active shooter simulation on National Night Out will draw larger attendance and encourage students to share what they learn.
September is National Preparedness Month, and the University has over the past few weeks shared a series of public service messages via social media encouraging students to take a few simple steps toward their own safety – such as loading the phone number for SMU police (214-768-3333) into their cell phones and visiting the smu.edu/emergency website. You can see these video messages, and learn more about emergency preparedness, at http://www.smu.edu/News/2016/preparedness-sept2016.