Leon County Schools Prepare for Natural Disasters

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Leon County Schools has a plan in place to keep children safe. They do drills where they duck and cover, but they're also monitoring everything 24 -7.

The District Security Center stays on top of the weather, alarms, buses, and communication with all schools.

Chris Petley is the spokesperson for Leon County Schools. He said, "If the wind gets over 45 miles an hour, we will suspend our bus travel and we will implement different reactions in place for that."

The District has more than thirteen hundred cameras, and the staff stays busy monitoring with no delay.

"Because we have a lot of information located in one location here, we are able to then get this out to a lot of people [pause] quite quickly," said Ann Jones who works in the Security Center.

The Big Bend area is rarely hit directly by hurricanes, but most people remember Hurricane Kate in 1985 that came ashore at Mexico Beach, and brought damaging winds.

In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay brought widespread flooding rains to the region.

Petley said, "If there were to be a natural disaster, we would work with the Leon County Emergency Management team, and work in partnership with them to make sure that we are responding accordingly."

School drills will be happening all over the district at different times to make sure kids are safe during natural disasters.

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