Security drill set today on ferry route

From staff reports

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MANNS HARBOR — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is planning to take part in security exercise drills today involving the ferry terminals and vessels on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route.

According to a press release issued Saturday, this exercise is NOT taking place in response to any threat to ferry vessels, terminals or any other transportation venue or facility, but rather as an exercise to assist in evaluating and enhancing security measures for the North Carolina Ferry System. Similar drills have taken place within the Ferry Division over the last several years.

The ferry division and its staff are working on the exercise with the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team, law enforcement and emergency services personnel from Dare and Hyde counties, and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. This is an exercise in which local and federal agencies work together to supplement existing security resources.