In a daily horror reverberating throughout college and university campuses in the US, the University of Carolina went on a red alert and sounded alarm sirens suspecting an armed man had entered the campus on Tuesday morning.
However, after thorough search, police have given the “All Clear” signal. The report of an armed individual near the campus NROTC Building and Venable Hall this morning sent the campus into tizzy.
Soon after the alarm, UNC Chapel Hill Police began investigating the report of an armed individual, but the campus is asked to shelter in place. It has asked students to continue to monitor Alert Carolina website (alertcarolina.unc.edu) for any updates into this incident. UNC Police have asked anyone with information to call the UNC Police Department at 9-1-1 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.
The sirens are activated when there is a significant emergency or immediate health or safety threat to the campus community. The advisory said: “When the sirens sound, stop classroom and campus activities; all UNC operations are temporarily suspended. Remain inside your classroom or a safe place in your building unless police or University personnel instruct you to take a specific action, such as to evacuate a building, stay out of a certain part of campus, or go to your residence hall and stay there.”
It also said students and faculty can let their family know that they are okay in the event of an emergency affecting the Carolina campus while keeping cell phone lines open for emergency calls by using the American Red Cross Safe and Well list.
When the threat is over, the sirens sounded again with a different tone to announce along with the voice message: “All clear. Resume normal activities.”