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Cameron University officials react to Ohio State University incident

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - While the Ohio State University incident doesn't directly impact local schools like Cameron University, it is a reminder of the importance of having emergency plans in place and making sure everyone is properly alerted, no matter the type of emergency situation.

Officials at at the school have an emergency alert system in place that lets students and faculty know what is going on as soon as possible. Whether it would be an active shooter on campus, or a car accident blocking access to the university, officials want to make sure everyone on campus gets the message, and can prepare and respond properly.

 "Student safety is of utmost importance to us. It doesn't matter what the nature of the threat is. We want to be in a position where we can react as quickly as possible so that we can deal with that type of situation", said Mitchell.

Senior Director of Public Affairs at Cameron University Keith Mitchell says their preparation starts with their emergency alert system.

"When something like that happens, our immediate response would be is to initiate that which simultaneously sends out a recorded phone message, a text alert, and an email to everyone in our database", said Mitchell.

It's a database that Mitchell says includes each student's most up-to-date information, so they can receive the notification on their cell phones.

 "It's always good to have their cell phones, or access to a phone very close by, because that's how they will get that initial alert when it happens", said Mitchell.

The university also has several  loudspeakers attached to campus buildings, so if students are outdoors between classes, they still have the ability to get that alert message.

Officials also have drills every semester to show students how to react in different situations.
Just last month, they had a "shelter in place" drill to practice what might happen in different emergency situations on campus and how students can prepare and be ready.

Cameron University's police officers also go through special training every year

 "Cameron University has a full-time police force. Our University is patrolled 24/7. We also have a very good working relationship with local law enforcement authorities, so we have a response procedure readily available. On top of that, our campus police also go through annual training to prepare for something like what happened at Ohio State University", said Mitchell.

Mitchell said campus police are able to respond anywhere on campus within minutes, but says it's important for students to say something if they see something.

"Obviously we have to be vigilant in situation like this, and the sooner that authorities have that information, the sooner they can react, and we want students to help in that effort",said Mitchell.

Mitchell said students can report information to authorities, a professor, the campus emergency hotline, or use the  phone at one of the emergency call boxes to contact campus police.

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