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Buckingham Co. Schools Close as Hurricane Approaches, Administrators Prepare Shelter

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Buckingham Middle School is set to become an emergency shelter if necessary Buckingham Middle School is set to become an emergency shelter if necessary
BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Buckingham County Public Schools have already canceled classes due to the forthcoming hurricane.

Though classes were canceled on Thursday, September 13, school administrators were still hard at work preparing one of the facilities to be an emergency shelter.

Buckingham County Middle School is now ready to become the county's emergency shelter if Hurricane Florence takes a turn for the worse.

“If we do have to make a call to open it, it would be a very easy process,” Cody Davis, Buckingham County’s emergency manager, said. “The staffing and security of it are already worked out at this time and all the resources have been secured.”

Buckingham County Public Schools are preparing for a worst-case scenario if the Category 2 storm becomes destructive.

So while kids are off Thursday and Friday, school employees are hard at work making sure the community stays safe.

“It would basically end up being a lot of the people who run our schools on a day-to-day basis are ending up, you know, having to come in for that,” Davis said.

Some people in Florence’s path came to Buckingham to outrun the storm, and think the school cancellation is a good idea.

“I think it's a good thing because, you know, traffic and the way things are going as hectic as it is, you know, why not?” Justin Whitmire, who fled to Buckingham County from South Carolina, said. “Everybody is out of work, you know, is laying out of work they have to take care of their house, I mean it makes sense to have the youngins there so they ain't gotta travel back and forth to pick them up.”

Buckingham county officials say that if a decision is made to open the shelter, they will notify people through the Everbridge emergency alert system.