To provide school staff an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, all Greenbrier County Schools staff will participate in a district-wide operations-based emergency preparedness drill at Greenbrier East High School this Thursday, which is a Professional Learning Day.
The goals of the training drill are to improve the ability to protect students, save lives and reduce injuries, according to a media release issued by the school system. The drill will allow staff and responders to evaluate emergency operations plans and improve response skills.
Although students do not report to school on the day of the drill, school officials want to make the public aware of this planned event.
The exercise will be run in two sessions (morning and afternoon) and will involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia State Police, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Greenbrier County 911 Center, Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the area’s fire and EMS responders.
Superintendent of Schools Jeff Bryant explained the reasons behind the drill.
“It is very unfortunate that we must plan and practice for such possible occurrences,” Bryant said. “However, we realize that emergency drills are essential for the safety of our students and staff. We appreciate the collaborative efforts of our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies in making this drill a reality. We are working together to provide the safe, uninterrupted learning environment that our children deserve.”
The exercise may involve brief traffic delays Thursday on U.S. 219 South at Greenbrier East High School and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School at approximately 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“I want to thank the public in advance for their patience with any traffic delays they may experience on November 1 in the vicinity of the high school,” Bryant said. “I also want to discourage potential panic and rumors by reassuring the public that this exercise is only a drill.”
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