USC Aiken to Hold Drill (Dec. 19)

December 04, 2017

During the winter break, the University of South Carolina Aiken will conduct its annual emergency drill on campus, which will involve first-responder units from the local area.

On Dec. 19, the university will simulate a situation in housing, which in an actual emergency, would require the support of local first responders.

The scheduled drill will include alert notifications – clearly identified as part of the drill – sent via text, email and across campus computers.

“We have planned this drill for some time. It will give us an opportunity to practice how we might respond in an actual emergency,” said Kevin Liles, chief of the University Police Department.

“Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the ALERTUS app as we will test that system as part of this drill too.”

In a real-world situation, ALERTUS notifications will be sent advising the campus community of the situation.

Directions on how to download it are available at: .

Parents can receive alert notifications via RAVE. They can register by going to: . Click “Register” and fill out the information. After completing this form, parents will receive the same text alerts students do. For parents, this form must be completed each fall semester.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2018 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 13th time in first place.