UCF Emergency Expo seeks to prepare students after campus attack

Expo comes in wake of planned shooting attack

ORLANDO, Fla. - Just last week deputies came close to stopping what could have been a massacre at the University of Central Florida.

After police discovered 30-year-old James Seevakumaran had planned use a fire alarm to lure students in Tower 1 dorm to kill them before he committed suicide, students are uneasy about living on campus. 

"After that incident everybody is like leave me alone," said student Kalen Hambrick. "You know even I'm scared to leave my room after a fire alarm because you don't know what to do."

Wednesday students got a chance to get up close and personal with emergency responders, and after what happened on campus last week, they say the timing couldn't be better.

At UCF's Emergency Expo, students are getting coached from professional on how to handle emergencies.

"It's good for us to know as much as possible because I think so many people felt left out like they didn't know what they needed to know," Hambrick said.

The expo had tours of emergency vehicles, tutorials on weapons, instruction on how to use fire extinguishers and how to handle hazardous material.

When student Sydni Gonzalez think back to last week - and Seevakumaran - she wants more.

"Whether he was going to do something harmful or not, the pain that he was feeling as a person still needs to be addressed," she said.

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