More Weather Radios In Schools

Just as the school gets ready to begin, some Panhandle schools are looking to put more weather radios in the classroom. Weather radios have always been a necessity for area schools. Typically, schools have 1 to 2 weather radios on their campus.

Many Panhandle schools say they have had alerts for years, but a few area schools are getting help from the weather service to stay ahead of inconvenient and severe weather. The national weather service is handing out nearly 200,000 public alert radios to private schools and offices across the United States. Local school officials say the weather radios are a great asset for emergency preparedness in our area.

"It's extremely vital. When you are responsible for children in a school area. In any school you must have an alert system to prepare you and know what's going on," said Principal Janet Laughter of Reeves-Hinger Elementary.

The radios are designed to alert school officials about hazardous weather and other emergencies even when phones and other modes of communication are down. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Bilodeau, says the radios are the best way to relay warnings and teach students.

"One is good and having one in your classroom is good. And it teaches the kids about weather we put informational stuff on there," Bilodeau said.

Weather radios will give off an alert for fire warnings, amber alerts and civil disasters. Weather service officials say the weather radios are typically inexpensive and can be taken anywhere inside buildings and across the country.