Sheriff: Time to update safety plans

Published 12:52 am Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In wake of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Sheriff Dennis Meeks says he would like to meet with local school superintendents to update their security plans.

“Whenever this horrific event happened last week I definitely thought to myself about things we could do to be prepared,” Meeks said. “One of the main things that I thought about was getting a meeting together with all the superintendents so they could tell me if there was anything they would like to change about their security plans.”

The sheriff’s department meets with the Emergency Management Agency and the Incident Response Team annually to go over active shooter drills in schools.

“We do the drills because we want to be the most prepared when it comes to situations like this,” Meeks said. “Unfortunately, these events are so unpredictable that we cannot know when they will happen, so the best thing that we can do to ensure the kids’ safety is doing these drills and being prepared.”

Opp City Schools Superintendent Michael Smithart said that they have taken all of the necessary steps to ensuring all of the student’s safety.

“Evil people will do evil things, we can’t stop that, but we can be ready when it happens and take the proper steps.” Smithart said.

Meeks said that they have proper diagrams and every school’s emergency procedures in case anything happens.

“What happened last week was a tragedy, but I will make sure that my team is prepared to take care of every thing,” Meeks said.

Monday was a legal and school holiday. Superintendent of Andalusia City Schools Ted Watson and Superintendent of Covington County Schools Shannon Driver could not be reached for comment.