Thanks to a grant from the Kanawha County Commission, there is now a weather radio in every Kanawha County school. The radios will provide administrators with an immediate notification of extreme weather conditions so that they can best prepare and execute emergency weather procedures if necessary.
Kanawha County Schools recognized the need for the weather radios and the School Board reached out to Kanawha County to attempt to obtain funding for the programmable radios. The county commission approved the expenditure and tasked Kanawha County Emergency Management to facilitate the project. Emergency Management officials agreed that communities have a responsibility to do whatever is possible to protect their children and that effort does not stop at the front door of its schools.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper stated, “The Kanawha County Commission and our Emergency Management Department were very pleased to be a part of this very important project with Kanawha County Schools which will help alert faculty and students of weather emergencies in the future.”
“This is yet another resource in our schools to help keep our kids safe,” said Dr. Duerring, Kanawha County Schools superintendent.
Each radio has been programmed to only broadcast severe weather information. The radios were available in schools for the first time this week during the county’s scheduled shelter-in-place drill.