STC Testing Emergency Readiness with July ‘Lockdown Drill’
June 19, 2014 - On the morning of July 23, Southeastern Technical College’s Vidalia campus will be conducting an Emergency Lockdown Drill to make faculty, staff and students aware of proper procedures in the event of an emergency.
“The emergency lockdown drill will allow all STC employees and students to become familiar with the lockdown procedure and actually test the effectiveness of the procedures that are in place for an emergency lockdown situation,” said Travis Akridge, directory of safety and security at STC.
Beginning at 10 a.m. that morning, an announcement will be made at the school’s main, Gillis and Health Science Annex buildings, as well as the SECCA building that houses the school’s automotive program, and instructors will lock classrooms, turn out lights and move everyone to areas of the room where they won’t be seen.
After a security team moves through and inspects each building, an all-clear announcement will be made and normal operations will resume. The entire drill is expected to take 45 minutes to an hour, as STC’s safety and security department performs this drill for the first time along with technical colleges across the state.
“Over the past few years, the frequency of school shootings has brought this type of drill and preparedness to the forefront,” said Akridge. “And this has caught the attention of our state board and commissioner’s office. All technical colleges in the state will have some type of active shooter/lockdown drill before the end of the year.”
STC Safety and Security hope to perform a similar drill for the Swainsboro campus buildings, though no official scheduling has been made as of yet.
Students will receive e-mails detailing specifics on the drill, but Akridge advises those who would not already be on campus at 10 a.m. to wait until 11:30 a.m. to come to campus.
For more information on the lockdown drill, contact Southeastern Tech and 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.