September 4, 2013



Two Campuses Will Participate in Emergency Drill on September 10 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will participate in a full-scale drill of their emergency operations on Tuesday, September 10, from noon until 5 p.m.

The drill will test the emergency plans and procedures for each campus, and their ability to coordinate efforts if necessary. It is the first emergency drill to be conducted jointly on two campuses of the University of North Carolina.

The drill is part of an effort to support campus safety across the UNC system.  It will be coordinated by the public safety offices at each location working with the support of local law enforcement agencies, first responders, and EnviroSafe, a vendor that has donated its consulting services to the two schools.

The universities have not announced what the type or scope of the emergency will be.  Because of the exercise, however, access to the campuses may be limited and there may be an unusual amount of emergency vehicles in and around the area.

Deb Cheesebro, police chief at UNCSA, and Patricia Norris, police chief at WSSU, have been working with their individual campuses to prepare for the drill.  They have requested that students, faculty and staff treat the drill as a real-life situation, taking the precautions that would be required in an actual emergency.



Aaron Singleton                                                                                Lauren Whitaker

Director of Media Relations                                                         News Services Manager

Winston-Salem State University                                                University of North Carolina School of the Arts  

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