Pictured: Humboldt State’s Cypress Hall (photo: HSU) adumbrated with flames by Ricardo Gomez Angel’s flames (via Unsplash).


Press release from Humboldt State:

Humboldt State University Housing & Residence Life will hold an emergency simulation on Thursday, August 12, 2021, to test campus and community response teams. The simulation will begin around 6 p.m. The simulation will be loud and include participation from Housing & Residence Life, the University Police Department, the Arcata Fire Department, and Arcata Mad River Ambulance.

Passersby may see smoke coming out of buildings and actors crying for help. First responders will be using emergency radios, and traffic flow may be affected on campus.

The purpose of the exercise is to train Housing staff and local first responders on how to respond to a campus housing emergency. The emergency simulation is intended to provide a real-time, realistic experience of an emergency as well as provide the opportunity to test and evaluate a practical plan and practice communication among agencies.