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Clay County Schools Participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week
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Clay County Schools Participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week

 

Last week the Florida Division of Emergency Management led the State in the observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Among the severe weather topics which were covered during this week long series of public outreach activities and drills, was tornadoes.  The Clay County School Board was among many school boards in the state who utilized this special occasion as an opportunity to exercise their Tornado Response Plans.  Representatives from Clay County Emergency Management were honored to have the opportunity to observe two of these exercises:  one at McRae Elementary and another at Doctors Inlet Elementary. 

Both school faced challenges during their evacuation drills, including addressing the logistics of evacuating a large student population from portable classrooms, or in some instances, having classes lead by substitute teachers.  Administration and staff, however, were up to the challenge, ensuring that students were evacuated to safety in impressive time, all the while, keeping students ranging in grades from pre-k to 6th grade, calm.  Maria Haney, Clay County Emergency Management Coordinator, noted that she could not believe, considering the age groups involved, just how quiet and orderly the students were during the evacuation.  Ruth Casias, Doctors Inlet Elementary’s Assistant Principal, noted that the drill provided her staff and students with an excellent opportunity to confirm and in some cases, even improve the school’s tornado evacuation plan. 

Although over, Clay County Emergency Management staff urges citizens to carry on the spirit of Severe Weather Awareness Week by preparing themselves and their families now for any disaster, be it natural or man-made, which could potentially impact the county.  This includes preparing disaster supplies kits and family disaster plans, purchasing NOAA weather radios and signing up for the county’s emergency notification systems, CodeRed and CodeRed Weather Warn by logging on to the county website at www.claycountygov.com.  CodeRed and CodeRed Weather Warn are emergency notification systems made available by the county to its citizens at no cost.  CodeRed provides pre-recorded messages regarding general emergencies and CodeRed Weather Warn provides pre-recorded messages regarding severe weather which threaten specific areas.   

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