Photo from The New York Times/Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto Agency
By Abby Del Vecchio
On April 2, the Islamist militant group began taking non-Muslim hostages and shooting students during a morning prayer service. The attack, which lasted several hours, resulted in the death of four gunmen by security forces and leaving 79 people injured.
This attack resulted in the highest death toll since the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, which led to the death of 200 people.
The U.S. deemed al-Shabaab a foreign terrorist organization back in 2008, the group is responsible for several attacks in Somalia as well as Uganda. In 2012, al-Shabaab leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, announced its link to al Qaeda, which is led by Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Universities across the country have strict regulations to ensure safety to students, faculty and staff on campuses.
Here at Stony Brook University, campus police and Emergency Management take campus safety very seriously.
Any student, faculty, or staff member can sign up for SB Alerts, which will notify each individual about an emergency on campus.
In case of an emergency, Emergency Management has set up an outdoor warning siren to go off, to enhance safety members on campus. When the danger is gone, an all-clear siren will go off, informing Seawolves that the threat is gone. The Emergency Management website says that while the siren may be heard inside, it is designed to be heard outside only.
Back in April of 2012, SBU launched the campaign, Serious About Safety, “to promote and cultivate a safe and responsible environment for personal, traffic and pedestrian safety.” One of the programs included is SB Guardian, which allows the user to access panic call mode and precautionary timer mode. With just one touch, the university police will be notified if there is an emergency with panic call mode. Precautionary timer mode allows the user to set a travel time when going from one location campus to another. If not deactivated by that designated time, the University Police will be notified.
Along with SB Guardian, SBU focuses on traffic safety, sexual safety, residential safety, alcohol and other drug abuse, mental and personal health as well as environmental health and safety.
Stony Brook encourages people to report all emergencies to University Police by dialing 333 from campus phones, (631) 632-3333 from non-campus phones and 321 to report a fire in the Stony Brook University Hospital.