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NCSU to hold emergency preparedness drill Friday afternoon

Posted January 4, 2013

— A day after nearly 250 law enforcement officials took part in a terrorism response training drill at North Carolina Central University, officials at North Carolina State University will simulate a shooter on campus in an emergency preparedness drill of their own. 

The full-scale emergency exercise will run from 1 to 4 p.m., with much of the drill taking place in two Central Campus residence halls. 

Although classes are not in session, officials said people on Central Campus can expect delays and disruption to normal operations throughout the drill. 

Vehicles will not be allowed to access Harris lot off Dan Allen Drive or Cates Avenue between Dan Allen and Morrill drives. Outbound traffic will be allowed, and alternate parking will be available in Dan Allen Deck. 

Pedestrians will be able to access all buildings along Cates Avenue during the drill, officials said. 

At NCCU's drill Thursday, tactical teams and emergency responders from agencies across the state took part in the five-hour, full-scale operation. 

The training exercise, the largest on a University of North Carolina system campus, included actors portraying gunmen, hostages and victims in an active-shooter scenario in the center of campus and hostage negotiations in two dorms.

Since the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007, universities across the country have held similar training scenarios.

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  • joeBob Jan 7, 10:27 a.m.

    old news, happened 4 days ago

  • rocket Jan 4, 4:30 p.m.

    "Who decides what employees can be armed and where?"

    If you have decided to let an employee be armed, why would you have restrictions on where?

  • rocket Jan 4, 4:28 p.m.

    "I support legal firearms ownership and carry but if we get to the point where everyone is walking around with a gun then we have lost freedom, not gained it."

    I don't follow that logic at all. As long as there are still laws in place against assault and murder and we have people enforcing those laws, how do responsible armed citizens threaten your freedom? It's not the law abiding citizen with a concealed carry permit that you have to worry about.

  • Caveman93 Jan 4, 4:10 p.m.

    Caveman93 - Aside from vague sarcasm...what's your point?
    Relic

    Nothing. Just stating a fact.

  • Relic Jan 4, 3:35 p.m.

    "So they're going to simulate a bunch of people getting shot, the shooter killing himself, and show up 20 minutes later to lock down the campus?"

    No. They're going to simulate the shooter coming in and being confronted by a mental health professional and giving himself up and then starting a support group. Sometimes I wonder why police and deputies even bother when the average person is an ungrateful sarcastic hack just waiting to throw out criticism.

  • Relic Jan 4, 3:33 p.m.

    "An armed employee."

    Logical? Yes. Practical? No. Who trains the "armed employee"? Are they legally protected from using force if it occurs? Who decides what employees can be armed and where? For my part the last person I'd want carrying a gun was someone that had little or no knowledge or training on it or where a kid could get access to it. I support legal firearms ownership and carry but if we get to the point where everyone is walking around with a gun then we have lost freedom, not gained it.

  • Relic Jan 4, 3:28 p.m.

    Caveman93 - Aside from vague sarcasm...what's your point?

  • Relic Jan 4, 3:26 p.m.

    "I guess the police showing up in force 30 minutes after the people are dead makes some feel good?!?!"

    And where do you get 30 minutes from? On the NCSU and NCCU campus they have campus police officers that generally respond to an emergency call in 2 minutes or less. Raleigh PD and Wake County officers would probably be 3 to 5 minutes responding in Raleigh and the same with Durham PD and Durham SO at NCCU. Throw in any State Troopers and other state officers in the area and you probably have more coming in 6-8 minutes. Nothing about ANYONE getting shot makes anyone "feel good". Keeping as many people as possible from being shot does. Dang...I can't believe that I just agreed with GravyPig! Will wonders never cease!

  • Caveman93 Jan 4, 2:51 p.m.

    But... but isn't that a gun free zone????

  • mvenable Jan 4, 2:43 p.m.

    So they're going to simulate a bunch of people getting shot, the shooter killing himself, and show up 20 minutes later to lock down the campus?

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