Florida School Superintendents Visit Emergency Center

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TALLAHASSEE, FL - A first-ever meeting took place in Tallahassee. It was prompted by the devastating 2004 hurricane season.

School superintendents from all over Florida huddled in the state's Emergency Operations Center to hear the lessons that officials learned last year. They talked about how they can plan and communicate better when a storm churns toward Florida.

Superintendents say they want a clearer idea of how the EOC operates. Plus, they want to see what they can do to set up their schools more effectively as shelters.

Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate told superintendents that reopening damaged schools after a storm is one of the state's highest priorities.

Last year's hurricanes damaged or destroyed nearly 60 schools in