NOTE: In all emergencies call 9-1-1 and follow the procedures identified for each emergency that are listed below and in the District’s Emergency Preparedness Program. 




Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 30 each year.  The School District is responsible for providing buildings, staff, and buses in the event of an emergency situation.  In the event that it becomes necessary for the District to close in preparation of a hurricane, the Superintendent will issue an announcement that will be forwarded throughout the District and also provided to the local news media.


These same procedures will be followed to announce when schools will reopen after a disaster.  Additional information is available in the District’s Emergency Preparedness Program, the District’s Hurricane Procedure Booklet, and on the Safety Department web page at. www.broward.k12.fl.us/safetydept


Emergency Preparedness
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, maintains a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Program. This program is defined and contained in a notebook that is provided to every school site. The Emergency Preparedness Program provides flow charts and information on how to handle the most common emergencies that could occur at a school. These include bomb threats, chemical spills, fires, gas leaks, major utility failures, medical emergencies, and tornado procedures. It is recommended that each school keep this book, along with other important safety books, in the reference section of the school’s Media Center for easy reference.


Fire/Fire Drills/Fire Alarms
The District is required to have a minimum of ten (10) fire drills a year. Each school administrator is responsible for providing staff with a fire evacuation plan. Guidelines for establishing an emergency evacuation plan, along with information on fire drills and when they should to be held, are listed in the District’s Emergency Preparedness Program. All Fire Alarms and Fires, with or without damage need to be called into the local Fire Departments.


Gas Leak Emergency Evacuation
Many of our schools utilize Liquid Petroleum (LP) gas or natural gas in certain areas of the campus, which may include but are not limited to the following: kitchens, home economic labs, science labs, or emergency generators. When a gas leak is suspected, the school is required to follow the evacuation routes established for a fire drill with a modification to avoid the area of the gas leak. Call 911 and, evacuate the building.  Details about gas leaks can be found in the District Emergency Preparedness Program.


Severe Weather/Tornado Drill

Each school is equipped with a NOAA weather alert radio that is connected with the National Weather Service in Miami.  Any severe weather bulletin affecting Broward County will alert these radios.  The alert will provide important information concerning severe weather conditions and what safe actions should be taken. The School District also utilizes WeatherBug Weather Alert cell phones to provide information and alerts for all outdoor events.


In order to prepare for severe weather, the state requires a minimum of two tornado drills at each school be conducted.  One drill should be conducted in August and the second drill should be conducted during “Severe Weather Awareness” week each February.  Details for tornado preparedness and tornado drills can be found in the District’s Emergency Preparedness Program.


If severe weather conditions affect a school, the administration will initiate their rainy day procedure.  Remember, in the event of an emergency situation, utilize the intercom system to notify the office and follow your school’s emergency procedures.  Respond immediately to any alarm.


The Emergency Preparedness Program is updated annually and is available for downloading at www.broward.k12.fl.us/safetydept to revise your school copy.



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Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) at 754-321-2158.


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