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Niagara Falls schools to hold chemical emergency drill Friday

NIAGARA FALLS – If there was a chemical spill in your Niagara Falls neighborhood, would you know what to do? Would your kids?

The Niagara Falls City School District will hold a chemical emergency drill on Friday morning that will attempt to be as realistic as possible.

Students and staff will shelter in place in affected schools, but there will be no evacuation or loss of instructional time.

Residents who live on 56th and 57th streets, between Buffalo Avenue and Stephenson Street, will receive flyers to remind them of the drill, as will district parents. LaSalle Prep School, the Community Education Center, Niagara Catholic High School, Cataract Elementary, and the District Administration Building will participate.

When the drill begins at 9:30 a.m., Occidental Chemical will notify the 911 system of an incident. Dispatch will notify law enforcement and fire personnel and the superintendent of schools, who will notify Niagara Catholic and enact the school district’s safety protocol.

Residents who live in the drill area will be asked to remain indoors and close their windows. Parents will be notified in advance of the drill via flyers and social media, but they will also receive an automated call when the drill is underway, just as they would in an actual emergency.

The activity is also a chance to remind residents of the NYAlert system. Residents can enroll at to receive alerts via their home phones or via text message. Residents who have enrolled may receive a recorded message or text message related to the drill on Friday.

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