Reminder of "active shooter" exercise on Tuesday at Forsyth Library

This is a reminder that Fort Hays State University will conduct an "active shooter" exercise from about 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 22, at Forsyth Library.

The exercise is designed to test the capabilities of law enforcement and emergency management teams in case of an emergency situation.

Other than at Forsyth Library, campus activities will not be disrupted. Classes will meet as scheduled. Scheduled events such as the Encore performance will proceed as planned.

Parking availability will be reduced in the area during the exercise. Faculty, staff and students should plan accordingly.

As part of the exercise, subscribers to the campus notification system will receive a test alert message.

This exercise provides a helpful reminder that FHSU students, faculty and staff should keep their emergency contact information up to date on TigerTracks

. The alerts cannot reach you if you have not provided valid contact information. Also, please encourage others to enter their emergency contact information.

To update existing information or to sign onto the Emergency Notification System for the first time, students, faculty and staff should go to TigerTracks on the FHSU website, log in, and then go to the "Contact Information" page under the "Online Services" tab. Next, enter emergency telephone numbers and an e-mail address in the "Emergency Notification Information" area. Those who have not activated a TigerTracks account should visit the CTC HelpDesk website or call the HelpDesk at 628-5276 for assistance.

This exercise on Tuesday is a test. It is only a test. In the case of an actual emergency, the campus community will receive specific instructions.

Homeland Security has created a video -- Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event -- that provides helpful tips for what to do in an actual emergency. The video can be seen at https://www.fhsu.edu/university-police/emergencies/.

Local units participating in the exercise include the University Police Department, Hays Police Department, the Hays Communication Center, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, Ellis County Emergency Management and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Concurrently, Hays Medical Center, Ellis County Emergency Medical Service and the Hays Fire Department will conduct a tabletop exercise to test their mass casualty and triage responses.



This exercise provides a helpful reminder that FHSU students, faculty and staff should keep their emergency contact information up to date on TigerTracks
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