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Huge Hurricane Drill In Kinston

North Carolina's largest hurricane evacuation exercise this year is being held at Lenoir Community College in Kinston.

The eastern North Carolina town suffered through hurricanes Fran and Floyd in the 1990s.

The exercise, called Medical Evacuation Triage and Treatment Assessment, is Thursday. It's meant to show how well the state responds to the needs of "medically fragile populations," such as those in nursing homes, during a hurricane.

More than 300 college students will play the roles of those who need evacuating.

State standards call for setting up large medical shelters at community colleges.

Participants include several state agencies, along with Duke University Medical School and Campbell University's pharmacy school.

Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through November.


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