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Kamloops school district updating wildfire plan

School District 73.
May 28, 2016 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Thompson school district has dusted off and updated the policy which covers school evacuations in case of wildfire.

District 73 Supt. Karl deBruijn says it's important to update the 13-year-old plan in case there is a wildfire near one of the district's schools.

He says the update will help with evacuation plans and decisions, such as knowing how and where they’re taking students, though the size and nature of a fire effect that.

“We have to make sure there’s enough buses,” he says. “We have to know where to evacuate them to.”

deBruijn also points to staff changes since the plan was created in 2003, updated data storage methods and new water supplies for some schools as other reasons to update the plan.

“Even though we have the majority of student data electronically stored we still have hard copies," he says.

The paper copies are tagged for easy access or stored in protected places.

The updated plan will go to the school board next week, and if approved, forwarded on to provincial and regional governmental agencies like the Emergency Operations Centre and the Interior Health Authority for feedback.

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