Local colleges ready to respond in emergency Protocol in place at LRU, CVCC, CCC&TI if needed

HICKORY — Monday’s incident at Ohio State University emphasized the importance of campus safety and sharing accurate emergency information at colleges and universities across the country. A man drove his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State and began attacking people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a police officer. The Associated Press reported Nine people were hurt, one critically. Original reports indicated it was a potential active shooter on campus after shots were heard, which turned out to be police gunfire. The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born legal permanent resident of the U.S. Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory has its own protocol for dealing with similar situations and a specific line of communication with students, staff and the public. The university works in partnership with the Hickory Police Department and has a response plan in place, LRU Assistant Director of Marketing/Media Coordinator Terri Faherty said. Emergency messages are disseminated through the RAVE ALERT system. The system provides automatic emails to students and campus personnel and voice and text messages to those who sign up for the additional alerts, Faherty’s response said. The messages would provide specific instructions regarding emergency shelter and evacuation procedures....

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