Loch Sheldrake, NY (June 5, 2012) – Believing that the tragedy that enveloped Columbine High School and Virginia could never happen here is no reason to be unprepared for such an event. That’s the reason behind the active shooter scenario at SUNY Sullivan, Saturday, June 16.
The college campus will be closed on June 16th from 7 am to 1 pm to conduct the scenario which is a requirement for the proper maintenance of the college’s Emergency Management Higher Education (EMHE) grant. The college conducted the first of the two required drills on October 15 with a HAZMAT/Propane explosion drill.
“Our October drill was successful,” David Seigerman, SUNY Sullivan’s Director of Public Safety, said, “on a number of levels. It gave us an opportunity not only to experience a propane explosion in real-time, it also gave our college safety team a chance to do what they had been trained to do.
“I believe we will be afforded the same experience with the active shooter drill. We will get to put into practice what we have been trained on paper to do.”
The college’s safety team will be on hand during the duration of the drill and will be working with local law enforcement agencies. At the conclusion of the drill the college and the law enforcement participants will gather to evaluate the success and effectiveness of the drill.