Penn State, Centre Region conduct emergency drill

October 18, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On Oct. 17, Penn State and the Centre Region Council of Governments conducted an exercise of the combined Emergency Operations Center. The exercise brought together representatives from both the University and local government to work through a series of tasks designed to test the abilities of the responders and the functionality of the facility in a combined, operational environment. During this time, Penn State tested and utilized the PSUTXT emergency messaging system to alert the University Park campus. The test message was part of the overall exercise for alerting students, University employees and the surrounding community to the touchdown of a fictional tornado.

Penn State's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which provides information on the University’s planning and response efforts for disasters and emergencies, is available at Several what-to-do scenarios are listed at and can provide readers with information about how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Last Updated October 23, 2012