School system to test emergency communications

News Staff Report

Beth Drew, assistant superintendent for the Escambia County School System, announced that this Friday, July 13, county school officials will conduct an exercise designed to test the reliability of the ECSS communications systems in the event of a real emergency.
The test will be conducted in conjunction with local emergency responders, and several agencies will participate, Drew said.“This is all a coordinated event to check our communication and to practice how to keep our school children safe in the event of a real emergency,” Drew said.
At an unspecified time on Friday, parents of students enrolled in Atmore schools will receive a School Cast message indicating that the communication systems are being tested.
Parents, who will be instructed in the message that no real emergency exists, should not come to or contact their child’s school, the assistant superintendent said.