Bucyrus Schools prepared to communicate in emergency situation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on October 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 PM EDT and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

“We expect the school day to be interrupted by both tests,” Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “We are planning to discuss the events with the students, so they understand and are prepared should either system be used in a real emergency.”

If this were a real emergency, the Bucyrus City School District is prepared to communicate with students, families and the Bucyrus community. The district utilizes an All-Call system, which places individual phone calls to each family member who has registered their number with the district.

“We also have the capability of sending text messages and emails through our All-Call system,” Kimmel said. “It’s very important that families keep their contact information current by talking to the office staff at each building, or they can call the Lincoln Administrative Center at 419-562-4045 if they’re unable to get the buildings.”

The district would, in case of a real emergency, utilize its website at www.bucyrusschools.org, as well as the district social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All links to the social media sites can be accessed on the district’s website.

“We have made open, transparent communications with our families and community a top priority,” Kimmel said. “We will make sure that we get critical messages to our families should a real emergency ever arise.”

More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at www.ready.gov/alerts.