BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nine people have been taken to the hospital after an Ohio State University student drove his vehicle into pedestrians Monday morning and started stabbing people with a butcher's knife.
This terrifying string of events set in motion a plan to keep the campus community safe. A similar plan is used at many other colleges and universities nationwide -- including in Buffalo.
In October, UB Police showed students and faculty the method that was put together by the Department of Homeland Security on how to deal with an active shooter.
University officials said they plan to hold more teaching sessions to make sure everyone on the campus knows how to respond in case of an emergency.
At Daemen College, the school's emergency response team meets regularly to review protocol. Dr. Greg Nayor, the Vice President for Student Affairs, serves as the chair of that emergency response team.
In October, Daemen partnered with Amherst Police, Snyder Fire and Rescue and Twin City Ambulance to conduct an emergency drill that simulated a real-life situation. The drill helped the college evaluate its emergency procedures and communication systems.
"When you do a drill like that, you want to make sure you're not just setting yourself up for success. You want to test your systems until they break," Nayor said. "That's important. I'd rather our systems break during a drill than if we had an actual situation."
At Buffalo State College, University Police Chief Peter Carey said his officers train annually for emergency situations. Their goal is to respond to any incident on campus within two minutes.
The officer at Ohio State responded within one minute on Monday.
"They had an officer right in the area, and it sounds like the officer who handled the situation did a great job saving lives and assisting victims," Carey said.