Members of High Point University participated in a county-wide emergency exercise June 4, facilitated by the Guilford County Office of Emergency Management.
The emergency exercise centered around a fictional hurricane making land-fall in North Carolina, causing widespread flooding, power outages and tornadoes.
HPU staff members from various departments across campus tasked with a role in emergency planning and response met and staffed the HPU Emergency Operations Center (EOC), responding to various exercise scenarios and injects. No one outside of the EOC would know that a Category 3 hurricane was actively wreaking havoc on the HPU campus, but members of the Emergency Operations team worked through numerous emergency scenarios. No actual resources were deployed, but the opportunity to discuss plans and responses provides a unique opportunity to test the University’s preparedness.
The exercise is designed to be “over-the-top” to stress-test the participating agencies, and to help identify areas that can be strengthened to mitigate the impacts from an actual emergency.