Safety Day designed to bring awareness to campus well-being

September 25, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Information on Purdue University's bicycle and laptop registration and Safe Walk programs, several public safety response vehicles, safety information displays, and a drunken-driving simulator will be part of the Safety and Emergency Preparedness Day on Wednesday (Oct. 1).

Purdue's fifth annual safety day is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center and is to educate students and the rest of the university community on the resources available to them, both on campus and in Greater Lafayette. If there is inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

"Students already know they can call 911 if the need ever arises," said Purdue Emergency Preparedness director Ron Wright. "What they may not know are the many resources and programs we have and how the various local emergency agencies work to ensure campus and community safety. We also want to make sure the university community is aware of the programs in place for them to proactively participate in campus safety."

Informational booths and attractions by Purdue agencies and organizations include:

* Purdue Police Department - Safe Walk, bicycle registration, police K-9 demonstrations, and an informational storyboard.

* Purdue Fire Department - A command vehicle and mobile command center will be on site.

* Purdue Radiological & Environmental Management Department– An informational display.

* Purdue Emergency Preparedness Office – An informational display.

* Purdue Student Wellness Office – An informational display.

* Purdue Residence Halls – An informational display.

* France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center – Information promoting CPR/lifeguarding classes, athletic trainers and the Learn to Swim program.

* Office of the Dean of Students – An informational booth.

Agencies and organizations from the Greater Lafayette community that will participate include:

* Tippecanoe County Chapter of the American Red Cross – Red Cross tent and vehicle.

* Tippecanoe County Health Department – An informational display.

* Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency– Mobile operations center vehicle.

* Subaru of Indiana Automotive – A drunken-driving simulator.

On Tuesday (Sept. 30), Purdue's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Planning also will conduct a 10 a.m. test of the emergency notification system. The test will include all layers of Purdue Alert, including sirens, unless inclement weather causes the sirens portion to be canceled.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for emergency text alerts. For information on Purdue safety measures and procedures, go to the Purdue Emergency Preparedness (EP) Office website

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, 

Source: Ron Wright, 765-494-0446,

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