Hudson High School Principal Donny Webb responded to our survey:
1. Does your school have a severe weather plan? Hudson ISD does have a severe weather plan. This is part of a larger "crisis management plan" developed and implemented throughout the district.
2. Does your school have a severe weather plan for its buses? As far as transportation is concerned, there is no written policies as to what action is taken in the event of an emergency related specifically to weather. However, our bus routes are very short in length compared to most schools. We would not load buses and transport students if the weather is a threat. In the event that something should happen, all buses are equipped with two way communications and direction would be given.
3. Does your school have designated shelter areas for students to go in case of a tornado warning? Our school does have designated areas for students in the event of severe weather. On the high school campus, there are designated staff to ensure the proper procedures are followed.
4. How often are tornado drills practiced at your school each school year? We practice one disaster drill per month, whether it be fire, tornado, etc. We do at least two tornado drills per year. We have already had two this year (2002-2003) and will probably have another this spring.
5. How do you receive weather information such as tornado warnings? Our district does have and use a NOAA Weather Radio during times of bad weather. The information is received at the superintendent's office. She then contacts all administrators via conference line and/or two-way communication radios.
6. Does your school have and use a NOAA Weather Radio with battery back-up? See above.
7. What areas do you think your scholl can improve upon in your severe weather plan? Well Lee, I really feel that we have been adequately prepared for an emergency. However, I'm sure that we are never fully prepared. Each year, we spend much time reviewing procedures and ways to improve. One area that needed improvement was in the area of communications. We had no PA system for communications in the event of power outage that so frequently comes with tornadoes. So, we purchased several bull horns to help make annoucements, etc. We also use our two-way radios. We area also in the process of making "crisis management kits" that include necessary items for any major crisis.