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Active shooter drill

AHOSKIE – If you happen to drive by Hertford County High School on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and it appears that World War III is underway, please don’t panic.

In light of recent occurrences across the nation that impact school safety, Hertford County Public Schools is partnering with Emergency Management Services and local law enforcement to conduct an active shooter drill. The drill is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

First responders – to include law enforcement, emergency management, fire and EMS – from Ahoskie and Hertford County will participate this training exercise. It will also involve personnel from Hertford County Public Schools and from state agencies.

“This is being conducted in order to test and improve our community’s overall preparedness for an emergency event,” said Hertford County Emergency Management Director Chris Smith.

Smith went on to say the fictional exercise simulates a active assailant / mass casualty event. Exercise participants will simulate an active assailant with a firearm at Hertford County High School. The exercise will include crime scene/security, as well as vital training to EMS and fire department personnel as they work to provide mass care to simulated patients.

“The incident is not real; however the response activities during the fictional exercise will be practiced in a manner that is as realistic as possible,” Smith stressed.

The areas where the exercise will take place will be clearly marked, Smith said.

“For your safety, and in order to complete the exercise in a realistic environment, the exercise area will not be open to the public. We ask for your patience and support if the exercise disrupts your daily routine,” Smith stated.

He added there are simple steps that Americans can take to prepare themselves and their loved ones for emergencies: be informed, make a plan, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved through opportunities that support community preparedness.

“By gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with your family in advance, and being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, you will be better prepared for the unexpected and can help better prepare your community and the country,” Smith remarked.

To learn more about preparedness activities, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.


About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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