We hear about it in other parts of the world, but is Eastern Carolina ready for a pandemic flu? Lenoir and Pasquotank Counties are among those across the state taking part in a two-day exercise to test state and county resources in the event there is a massive flu outbreak. Health officials say the drill is purposely designed to overload the state health system, allowing flaws in existing plans to surface. In Lenoir County the Office of Emergency Management, the health department and Lenoir Memorial Hospital were some of the participants. State health officials say North Carolina is the first state in the country to conduct a state-wide pandemic flu drill. You can find more about the state's readiness by clicking on the following link.