ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) will partner with several local mutual aid agencies for a full-scale exercise to focus on coordinated community response to an active threat on campus.

The exercise will be June 5-7 in the K.E. White Graduate Center and involve 15 different agencies including Sentara Albemarle, Nightingale Medical Evacuation, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Elizabeth City Fire Department, and the Elizabeth City Police Department.

The university’s Emergency Operation Group (EOG) will attempt to simulate a real event as closely as possible to test operational capability of emergency management systems in a highly stressful environment. This multi-agency and multi-discipline exercise is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of response procedures.

Three plans will be incorporated into the exercise—the crisis response evacuation plan, emergency communications standard operating procedure, and the ECSU crisis communication plan.

June 5 is scheduled to be the most interactive day of the exercise, with all agencies participating in scenarios of an actual active threat. The training will continue June 6 with the EOG members taking part.

This Full-Scale Active Assailant Exercise is a crucial opportunity for ECSU and its partner agencies to test and improve their emergency response capabilities. It is important to note that this is an exercise and there is no threat to the surrounding community or university personnel.