On Thursday, Feb. 1, UNC Greensboro tested its emergency response and recovery plans with a large-scale, mass casualty emergency exercise on campus.

The drill, one of the largest exercises ever conducted on a UNC System campus, involved approximately 80 volunteers and 270 first responders.

Participating agencies included the Greensboro Police Department, Guilford County EMS, Federal Bureau of Investigation and American Red Cross, among others.

“We want to thank the campus community and our neighbors for their support of the exercise,” said Zach Smith, UNCG’s director of emergency services. “In particular, I want to thank the volunteers, who were a tremendous asset to the exercise and added so much realism to the event.”

According to Smith, key takeaways for the university include:

  • UNCG has strong working relationships with partner agencies
  • Communication flow can be improved with new technology and greater coordination
  • Small-scale training and practice is critical moving forward

“The exercise was the easy part,” Smith said. “Now, we’re focused on putting together the after-action report and addressing items that need to be improved.”

To learn more about UNCG’s Office of Emergency Management, visit emg.uncg.edu. For more information about UNCG Police, visit police.uncg.edu.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications