The Office of Campus Safety will test its mettle on Tuesday, August 13, with a full-scale emergency drill centered at the Olin Library.
Campus safety officers will be joined by the College Township Fire Department to meet a mock public-safety crisis arranged by Director of Campus Safety Robert Hooper. Hooper will not reveal the nature of the crisis until the drill begins at 6 p.m. A number of community members will serve as actors and take part in the drill.
“This will be just like a real incident,” Hooper said. “It’s designed not just to hone our skills, but to hone the skills of the fire department. Our goal is to set up a command post and know our resources, to make sure our procedures are sound, and to continue to build rapport and working relations with the fire department.”
The drill helps Kenyon comply with the federal Clery Act of 1990 that requires colleges and universities to have emergency-response and evacuation procedures and provide timely warnings about incidents that pose a threat to public safety. Federal regulations require that colleges conduct drills and test procedures to identify and improve weaknesses, according to the U.S. Department of Education.