STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) -- When your teens go off to college, you trust that they will be safe. We've seen the tragedies that can occur time and time again, and now one Connecticut campus is in the middle of something big to prepare for the worst.
If you drove by Towers dormitories at UConn Monday you may have been a little alarmed. Yellow tape was around Webster Hall surrounded by police.
"Oh my gosh, it was like what was going on," said senior Daisy Jaruga. "I had no idea what was going on."
The signs show it was only a drill. UConn police do it every year, but this time it was in a more visible location so they made sure folks knew not to be worried.
In fact, the drill put some students at ease.
"It's nice to see them doing it in a more realistic situation," said junior Alex Bernard. "I have a bunch of friends that live in Towers so it's nice to know they'd be ready if something were to occur."
News 8 learned the scenario playing out at the Towers dormitories is that of an "active shooter" incident. We weren't allowed past that yellow tape, but a police car was visible at the scene and officers were taking part in the drill.
"Lately in the news there has been a lot about that," said sophomore Rose Hart.
With the Colorado shooting and an incident where an armed man took his own life at UConn's Avery Point campus, being prepared is getting high marks from students in Storrs.
"It's nice to know that they'll be ready with everything that's going on lately," Bernard said.
The day-long drill is not in response to recent events, rather it's ongoing training for UConn police.
"The first thing you do is panic," said Jaruga. "You don't know what to do and I think there should be procedures that are established."
Procedures are in place which would alert students about a real emergency.
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