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MO community college reacts to Oregon shooting

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Following the news out of Oregon, local community colleges are talking about safety.

Campus safety at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff is a top priority for its security team.

Officials said they are prepared to respond to an active shooter and other mass emergencies.

"It gives me a lot of peace of mind as far as letting people know what is going on,” said Chuck Stratton, the director of public safety.

He said he helped beef up Three Rivers Community College's security system two years ago.

"I saw that there was a need for a mass notification system beyond the e-mail and texting capabilities that the college already had. We needed something more audible and something more instantaneous,” he said.

Every building on campus is outfitted with speakers both inside and out. If there is ever an emergency like the one in Oregon, 4,000 students and staff members would be able to hear the warning.

"This is not only for the students and the staff, but also for the visitors who come on to campus who don't have the texting capabilities we send out,” said Stratton.

Three Rivers incorporates five area campuses, which can be monitored through their security system in real time.

The extra security brings comfort to some of the students who worry an incident like the one in Oregon could happen here at any time.

"You would like to think that it won't happen but it's not really in this society an 'if,' it is more of a 'when,'” said Hannah Robertson.

"Unfortunately, it is the sign of the times. You see more and more campus getting this type of technology put in place. None of us like to have them none of us want to ever use them but it is comforting to know that they are there,” said Stratton.

Stratton said there are two full-time city police officers who monitor the campus and the Mass Notification security is tested every month, which doubles as the campus' storm warning system.

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