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(Chapel Hill, N.C. – August 4, 2014) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will conduct an emergency drill on Monday, August 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Manning Drive on the UNC campus.
Actors will portray campus community members and victims to simulate a response to an actual emergency on campus. Emergency vehicles and personnel will be visible along Manning Drive, especially near the intersection with Ridge Road. Uniformed responders will react as they would in an actual emergency.
The N.C. Department of Transportation approved the closure of a portion of Manning Drive (except to emergency vehicles), between the intersection of Manning Drive and Ridge Road and the intersection of Manning Drive and Skipper Bowles Drive, while UNC officials conduct the emergency drill. Motorists are encouraged to use the posted detour route along Bowles Drive. Chapel Hill Transit service (FCX, HU and S routes) will be detoured along Bowles Drive. The U route will use Bowles Drive (from Ridge Road), right on Tar Heel Boulevard to Family Medicine, left on Bowles Drive to regular route. Additionally, the bus stops on Manning Drive at Ehringhaus Residence Hall and Horton/Hinton James Residence Halls will be closed during the emergency drill. Customers may board detoured buses at the bus stop on Manning Drive at Public Safety.
Emergency planning exercises are a key part of the University’s efforts to enhance campus safety. The University conducts regular exercises and continuously updates communication plans, based on information learned during the tests of the emergency siren system conducted each semester and emergency drills like the one planned for August 11.
For more details about the drill, visit alertcarolina.unc.edu.
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University Relations Contact: Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595, email@example.com