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University of North Carolina panel suggests campus safety steps

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CHAPEL HILL (AP) -- A task force says University of North Carolina campuses should develop plans for responding to any emergency.

The task force says the schools should conduct regular disaster drills and develop ways to notify students and school employees of problems.

The UNC system's Campus Safety Task Force was formed after a fatal shooting spree at Virginia Tech last spring.

The task force yesterday discussed 23 ideas for possible responses to campus emergencies. Those could include floods, a flu epidemic and fires as well as an active gunman.

The group agreed all of the university's 16 campuses should come up with better contingency plans, and hold frequent, complex disaster drills.

David Rainer at North Carolina State says plans will fail if they are not tested regularly.

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