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BCF Press Release



March 28, 2017

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Outside view of the storm shelter to be placed on the BCF campus.

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Inside view of the storm shelter to be placed on the BCF campus.

On Thursday, April 6, around 8:00 a.m., trucks will be arriving on the campus of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville to install the five storm shelters purchased to protect BCF faculty, staff, and students from hazardous weather or other devastating events. There will be a 42-ton crane on-site to lift the shelters from each of the trucks and place them on the 18" concrete slabs located strategically around the campus.

When the BCF Board of Trustees met in January, the weather was the primary topic of discussion noting the recent devastation of a sister college in Mississippi, William Carey University, as well as the devastation previously at Enterprise High School, in Enterprise, Ala. In response to the growing concern, the trustees approved a plan to install five tornado shelters rated for 400 miles per hour winds and 200 miles per hour projectiles, making them able to withstand an F5 rated tornado or protection from possible workplace violence that might occur on the college campus. When the trustees met, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen told them, "We simply must do everything possible to ensure that our campus family is afforded the highest level of protection. We are entrusted with these precious lives, and their safety is a sacred responsibility."

The events on April 6 are sure to be remembered as a vital step by BCF administrators to ensure the safety of everyone on campus. To learn more about campus safety and security, upcoming events, or the degrees and programs offered through The Baptist College of Florida, please call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.