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UK Apologizes For Emergency Test Mishap


A scheduled emergency test at the University of Kentucky ran into an early problem Friday.

But officials are calling the drill a success despite the slip-up.  

The exercise began around 10 AM Friday. UK bio-safety officer Brandy Nelson says the drill was intended to test the capabilities of a variety of emergency responders both on and off campus.

"Today we were doing a full-scale exercise to test how first responders would react in the event that we had a biohazard situation with one of our laboratories," she explains.

But the first prerecorded notification that went out failed to identify the alert as a test. Officials say the mistake was quickly corrected and the proper message was immediately transmitted.

Otherwise, Nelson describes the exercise as a success. She says the university received a lot of helpful feedback from the city’s fire department HazMat group, which was able to tour some of the university’s laboratories.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.