Don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of police and ambulances on campus on Thursday February 1. The university says it will be conducting one of the largest emergency exercises ever in the UNC system. The drill will focus on the McIver Building, located just off Spring
Garden Street on Administration Drive between the Foust Building and the back of the UNCG Auditorium (formerly Aycock).
Simulated gunfire may be heard between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“On February 1, 2018, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will be conducting a law enforcement oriented, mass casualty full-scale emergency exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to test the university and community’s emergency response and recovery plans and capabilities. The exercise will take place in and around the UNCG McIver Building, located at 1008 Administration Drive.
“The exercise is expected to begin around 9 AM and last until mid-afternoon. There will be a large police and emergency services presence on campus that day dedicated to the exercise, but an appropriate number of public safety officials will remain available to respond to real emergency calls during that time.”
Agencies taking part in the drill include UNCG police and various campus offices, the Greensboro police and fire departments, Guilford County EMS and sheriff’s department, N.C. A&T State University police, SBI, FBI and the American Red Cross.
Several streets are scheduled to be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Spring Garden Street in both directions from Tate Street to Forest Street
- Highland Avenue from Spring Garden Street to Oakland Avenue
- Walker Avenue from the parking lot behind the McIver Building to Tate Street
- College Avenue from the Faculty Center to Spring Garden Street
- Administration Drive from Spring Garden Street to College Avenue
Also, Spring Garden Street’s sidewalk will be closed from Forest Street to Tate Street on the side by Foust Park.