IPFW officials discuss preparedness for mass shootings

IPFW is touted as being a safe university, but do students know what to do in an active shooter situation?

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 11:00 AM

Area schools and universities are looking at how they respond to crises to avoid a tragedy like the one in Parkland, Florida. Officials at IPFW say they are always actively preparing no matter the situation.

IPFW is touted as being a safe university, but do students know what to do in an active shooter situation?

"No, I personally don't know what to do," says IPFW sophomore Kaylie Wills.

"Last semester we actually had a drill on it," says sophomore Alyson Williamson. "So, I wasn't on campus personally, but I thought it helped everybody else be prepared for it. "

One group that isn't actually required to receive training is the faculty, but that's something the university is addressing.

"Providing the documentation to people--I think that's one thing we're working on as a university to be able to put resources in the various classroom around campus," says IPFW Police Chief Tim Potts.

That active shooter drill involved responders from the FWPD, Allen County Sheriff's Department, local EMS, and firefighters. The drill was deemed successful because officials got to practice an active shooter while identifying problems with response, like a lag in notification via email.

"We're in a situation right now where we're working within the university to firm up our notification of the community," says Chief Potts.

Kimberly Wagner is the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at IPFW.

"We have been working with our vendor to see what it is we need to do to make sure that those messages are getting out in a timely manner," she says. "Safety is everyone's responsibility."

The university currently uses an alert system in some of their buildings to notify people of an emergency situation. When IPFW splits in the fall, the university is planning an event to try to reach out to the school community to teach them about safety on campus.

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