NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It was just a drill at Temple University, but school officials say it was an important one.
Beginning Thursday at Noon, Temple held its first-ever shelter-in-place drill.
The drill was meant to give Temple students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to practice what actions to take during an environmental emergency.
"Shelter-in-place is about seeking refuge away from unsafe environmental conditions, which can include severe weather events like a tornado or a hazardous materials release like a chemical spill that makes the air unsafe to breathe," director of emergency management Sarah Powell said.
By 12:12, Temple tweeted the drill was complete and everyone could resume normal activity.
The drill was also a test for the university's TUsiren system.
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Temple University holds shelter-in-place drill