Butte schools are getting a crash course in what to do if everything comes crashing down.
On Thursday, the Montana Safe Schools Center conducted a simulated poison gas exercise at Ramsay School, part of the larger Butte-Silver Bow Schools Emergency Preparedness
The $250,000 project, which is
funded by the Department of Education, attempts to provide a comprehensive emergency plan for the district.
Ron Harper, public relations specialist for the Institute for Educational Research and Service, said the live action
run-throughs like Thursday's event are valuable to creating a solid emergency plan.
"You get the teamwork element," he said. "(In an emergency) they're going to have to work from a variety of different agencies, so just getting folks together in the same environment is important."
Ramsay Principal Rosemary Garvey said the drill was helpful.
"It's good to prepare so we have an idea of what to do," she said. "Where we are situation in this area, not even a mile away from (Interstate) 90 and close to the silicon plant, reaction to a chemical spill is something we wanted to work on."
Garvey said the children were walked into the gym, doors were locked, the ventilation shut down and teachers kept the students occupied until they got the all-clear.
"The planning piece is important," Harper said. "Now we get to look at the emergency plan, make tweaks, and improve on what we did."
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