For an emergency, ‘it went well’ at UHS

10:00 am | October 18, 2013

School employees, emergency personnel and law enforcement agree — the bomb threat to Unaka High School went “really well.”

As bad as that might sound, it’s actually very good.

On Thursday morning, emergency responders descended on UHS as students were being evacuated during a scheduled bomb threat drill.

The drill was jointly organized by the Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad, the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Carter County 911 and Carter County Schools. Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley, who coordinated the drill on-site, said that, overall, he was impressed with the results.

“It went well,” Worley said. “Not many things didn’t go great. We only had a couple of little things, and it was a matter of (doing) it a little faster if we just tweak it here and there.”

Though some aspects of the exercise may have been able to move a little faster, Worley said the speed at which the building was evacuated was surprisingly speedy.

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