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UNLV police address safety plans in case of attack

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After an attack at Ohio State University Monday, some people can’t help but ask, “what if that happened here?”

Police at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas told FOX5 they prepare as best as they can for the worst on campus.

UNLV Chief of Police Jose Elique said even though the attack in Ohio happened 2,000 miles away, it still hits home.

“If there is something that keeps me up at night or that I think about when I get up in the middle of the night, it’s that,” Elique said.    

Elique said UNLV police go through a dozen seminars a year along with active shooter simulations twice a year. He added there were dozens of meetings Monday alone to review what needs to be done in case a situation were to unfold on campus.

“I mean it’s scary that it could possibly happen here with the open campus here at UNLV and I do see some scary people, so I do get scared," said Madison Pomerantz, a student at UNLV. 

In cases of emergencies students and faculty receive an alert on their phones. Similar to the alert students received during the summer when a false active shooter notification was sent out. Police said it was a mistake, but a positive one.

“It showed that the emergency notification system worked a number of people received it and the local law enforcement responders in the area responded expeditiously,” Elique said.

Students told FOX5 they had no hesitation coming to school Monday.

“Can’t let that stop you from doing life, if someone wants to get crazy (you) can’t let them stop you from doing what you want to do,” said Mark Hamblin, a student at UNLV.

“It’s kind of one of those things you think will never happen to me, one in a million, won’t happen to me. There are so many people on campus, how could that happen to me," said Pomerantz. 

That is the message police are trying to avoid.

"I never feel 100 percent protected or a 100 percent ready simply because of the unknown, you never know what you might have to confront,” Elique said.

Police said if you ever find yourself in an attack at school there are some tips to follow, “lock yourself in place, if you can escape from the building we ask that you do that and as a last resort we ask that you fight for your life.”

Police also suggest to follow another simple rule, if you see something, say something.

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