UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Mclennan county school districts now have $649,511 to use for emergency planning. Education Service Center Region 12 was one of the 9 to receive the grant in Texas. The money is supposed to make schools safer and help emergency personnel.
Education Specialist as ESC region 12, Nancy Cross, told us why planning is so important. "We have to suddenly morph into first responders and be able to take care of needs and provide emergency services until the first responders arrive on site and establish their command post," says cross.
Schools were chosen according to their needs. Some schoold have already taken a head start in planning for what they will do with the money. Robbie Fletcher at Midway ISD says, emergency plans are constantly changing. "Being ready and prepared is an ongoing mission," says Fletcher. "You're always on top of it, you're always detailing it. It should be a live document. You're emergency plan should be a live document."
The schools will be preparing with officials to deal with hazardous material spills, infectious disease breakouts, attacks, storms and other hazards relevant to a certain area.