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Leon County School District prepares for hurricane season

Posted at 3:39 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 13:44:50-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Last year during Hurricane Irma evacuees sought shelter on the campuses of Leon County Schools. 

As many as 3,000 people bunkered down in ten area schools.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna admits, last year the school system was unprepared to handle the volume of people depending on their services.

This year, the school district plans to increase security and communication ahead of Hurricane season.

"Well I think the eye-opening experience was for me was a lot of the burden and I'm not going to say burden ... a lot of the responsibility of providing emergency shelters is relied on by the public school system and .... so security is a big part of it," said Hanna. "So we've partnered with Leon County Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies to provide security in case something happens."

Superintendent Hanna says, security also includes consideration for those with mental health and special needs requirements.