Every school year, the East Texas Weather Team visits schools across the area to talk to kids about the dangers of severe weather. From these talks, I have discovered that most kids do know what to do if a tornado were to threaten while they were in school, but we have to ask the question: Are our schools prepared? More >>
Whether its headed to school, headed home from school, or on a field trip, many kids spend part of their day on a school bus. With the spring severe weather season just about to begin for East Texas, we wanted to ask: Are East Texas schools prepared if a tornado threatened the area while kids were on school buses? More >>
NOAA Weather Radios automatically sound an alarm when the National Weather Service issues a warning for your area. This can give a school several minutes of lead time before severe weather strikes. That extra time will allow faculty and staff to get their students to a safe location in the school.
KTRE sent surveys to schools all across East Texas. We received responses from 40 schools, and 16 of those schools indicated they did not have a weather radio.
After hearing the results of our survey, Brookshire Brothers decided they would help make East Texas schools storm ready. Carol Bradley, spokesperson for the grocery store chain said, "At Brookshire Brothers, our emphasis is on helping our youth, primarily through education, and keeping them safe at school is the best use of our funding."
Brookshire Brothers donated weather radios to all 16 schools that said they did not have one. I had the opportunity to distribute a few of those radios with Bradley to some very grateful educators.
Hudson High School Principal Donny Webb said, "It's extremely important to have a weather radio here at the school campus. Any time we have severe weather, we need to be the first to know so we can have the students prepared."
Central Heights ISD Superintendent Pat Adams said, "When you have as many kids as we do, you always have to look out for their safety, so this is really going to help us."
KTRE's East Texas Weather Team, along with the help of Brookshire Brother's is proud to have this opportunity to help out our community in making our schools storm ready.
Here is a list of schools where NOAA Weather Radios were donated:
Hudson Elementary, Hudson
Hudson High School, Hudson
Diboll Junior High, Diboll
Hackney School, Lufkin
Trout Elementary, Lufkin
Garrett Elementary, Lufkin
Huntington Middle School, Huntington
Nacogdoches Alternative School, Nacogdoches
Central Heights School, Central Heights
Cushing Elementary, Cushing
Garrison School, Garrison
Hemphill Middle School, Hemphill
Hemphill Elementary School, Hemphill
San Augustine Intermediate School, San Augustine
Joaquin Elementary, Joaquin
Woodville High School, Woodville
03/07/2003 - East TexasLocal Business Donates Weather Radios to SchoolsMore>>
The East Texas News surveyed schools all across the KTRE Viewing Area to find out if East Texas schools are prepared for severe weather. Want to find out if your schools is ready? Click here for school by school results. More >>