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Schools Across Nation Redrawing Crisis Plans

The Spence School now owns a scanner that directly monitors communications from the city’s Office of Emergency Management. At a moment’s notice, the school, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, can turn its windowless gymnasium into a “safe room” where all students and staff can take shelter in case of a radiation or biochemical attack. Public School 89 and Intermediate School 289, which share a building in TriBeCa, can evacuate their entire student body of more than 600 children in less than six minutes. They have done repeated drills to prove it. And Booker T. Washington Middle School, on the Upper West Side, has asked parents to donate bottled water, to guarantee an ample supply in an emergency. Full Story

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