EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCounty, School Officials Look For Ways To Improve Sheltering In Place
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
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Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 3, 2013 6:13 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 6:38 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
County and school officials say they are looking for ways to improve shelter in place procedures following Wednesday's chemical leak at the Clearon Corp. in South Charleston.
It was the first actual shelter in place alert in Kanawha County since the Bayer explosion in 2008.
South Charleston High School prepares year round for events like a shelter in place. Officials say there were more than 1,200 people in the school when the alert went out, and that the procedure went remarkably well.
"Communication is the key to it all," says assistant principal Kim Williams.
Williams says they will work on tweaking their plan, and will likely move all the students and staff into the gym next time, instead of splitting between the auditorium and gym. They will also make a few minor changes to the way the doors are duct taped and sealed.
"We're going to number the doorways, and we're going to have each bag of plastic match that door," she said.
On a county level, they are also looking at improvements, specifically regarding the more than 50 emergency alert sirens across the area. Fire coordinator C.W. Sigman says the sirens are set up in zones, and some zones were activated outside of the areas directly under the shelter in place alert.
"I'd rather them activate extra than other ones not activate," he said.
"They can always say you bothered me. Ok, I'm sorry I bothered you, but I don't want you to come and tell me that someone got hurt because you didn't tell us," he said.
The South Charleston Fire Department will be critiqued on how the situation was handled, as well as Clearon Corp.
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