On June 13, students, faculty and staff gathered in the heart of the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus to honor and remember the victims of the recent shooting at an Orlando nightclub, as well as to share a connection of unity and comfort in the aftermath of such horror.
Closer to home, the USF College of Public Health supports the Florida Crisis Consortium (FCC) which coordinates disaster behavioral health (DBH) response for Emergency Support Function (ESF)-8, Public Health and Medical Response, at the State Emergency Operations Center. The FCC is on standby to support any DBH resource requests from Orlando.
[Photo: Memorial held at USF to pay respect for those slain and injured in Orlando during the Pulse nightclub shooting]
Finally, the college hosted an Active Shooter Preparedness Training on June 13. The session was facilitated by the USF Police Department and USF Emergency Management and was scheduled in advance of the Orlando shooting. Attendees spent a 1 ½ hours learning about important tools that can help save lives such as USF’s emergency notification systems, prevention and protection actions, recognizing warning signs and law enforcement response. They also watched and debriefed the “Run, Hide, or Fight” video, which highlights response options when faced with an active shooter in the workplace.
Excerpts and media courtesy of USF Health News