High School conducting Emergency Response Drill Sept. 26
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Jervis High School, in cooperation with the Port Jervis and
Deerpark Police Departments and local emergency management
agencies, will conduct an Emergency Response Drill the morning
of Wednesday, Sept. 26. Designed to test the school’s emergency
preparedness, the drill will involve district administrators,
along with high school staff and students.
While students and staff are being informed of the drill, school
officials are not releasing the exact starting time to preserve
an element of surprise for participants and to add to the
realism of the emergency scenario. The emergency drill will
conclude at 10:30 a.m. with a simulated evacuation of students.
The time for the mock evacuation of students to school buses was
set to coincide with the district-wide early dismissal scheduled
for Sept. 26.
"We wanted to alert the public about the event in order to
minimize alarm or confusion when parents and the community see a
large concentration of emergency vehicles at the high school,"
said Port Jervis High School Principal Andrew Marotta. He said
the goal of the emergency drill is “to test the school’s
emergency operations plan and procedures, and to train and
prepare our students and staff for emergencies.”