UNCP officials tell public Tuesday exercise is just a drill

Staff Report

PEMBROKE — There will be an “active shooter” exercise on Tuesday at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Tuesday, and officials there are advising the public not to be alarmed.

A significant emergency responder and public safety presence will be on campus during the exercise, scheduled to last several hours.

The event will be a full-scale exercise involving local and county authorities. Actors will recreate an emergency situation on campus at an unknown location, prompting immediate response from university officials and first responders, according to Travis Bryan, associate vice chancellor for Campus Safety.

“Preparedness occurs before the disaster strikes. UNCP, along with our local and county partners, believes success is determined by good planning and great preparation,” Bryant said.

In order to avoid any confusion, the public is being notified ahead of time. UNCP Police and Public Safety, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Pembroke police, the Pembroke Fire Department, Robeson County Emergency Management and regional emergency rescue teams have planned for and are conducting the exercise to ensure coordinated, timely and effective response to the university, as well as to enhance the safety of the campus community.

The campus could be on lockdown at some point, causing portions to be unavailable. Transportation and roadways through campus may be inaccessible during the exercise. Parents, faculty, staff and students may receive emergency notifications throughout the day. Messages may be posted to social media, websites, and via mobile devices via our emergency alert system. In addition, anyone on campus during the event may hear emergency sirens and messages and see what appears to be an emergency event.

The “active shooter” exercise is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of preparation that includes training sessions and simulated “table-top” exercises.

Anyone with questions about the exercise should call UNCP Police and Public Safety at 910-521-6235.

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