Local Colleges Say They're Prepared For Shooting Situation

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - It's a question on a lot of minds after Tuesday's University of Texas at Austin shooting. How would our local university and college campuses handle this kind of situation?

UTPB, Midland and Odessa College say they're ready if a shooter comes on campus.

If an emergency strikes on the Midland College campus police will use their new emergency notification system.

Black speakers are all over campus, both inside and outside buildings. So, folks on campus know about every type of emergency.

"This is something that we can use in the future," MC Chief of Police Martin Garcia,said. "Not only for active shooters but also for bad weather, fires and what not."

"I feel extremely safe here," Early College High School Student, Trae Quist, said. "The Midland College Police have come to our classes multiple times and explained the safety procedures to us."

West of town in Odessa both UTPB and Odessa College have similar systems in place, plus they can contact students and faculty directly.

"We also have a program in place called Falcon Alert where when we do have an emergency on campus we can send the message to faculty, staff and students to their cell phone," UTPB Chief of Police, Tom Hain said. "It describes the incident, what the emergency is and giving them instructions on what to do."

On top of texts and emails, they also have visual and audio notifications across campus.

Not to mention blue towers that allow students to report problems, and if the worst happens in either city, non-campus law enforcement is on standby.

"We keep a good working relationship with the City of Odessa, Ector County Sheriff's Office, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Midland Police and DPS," Hain said. "That way we have a proper response to whatever the situation is."

All the campuses say they are constantly improving these methods whenever they can.

To learn more about campus emergency plans you can visit their sites by clicking on the links below.