Over a year ago I told you about the initiative to outfit every public school in Kentucky with a weather radio. Not only has that been accomplished but every single public school in the nation now has a programmable weather radio.
Now there is a new initiative to outfit all private schools across the Commonwealth with these potentially life-saving devices. Through a cooperative effort from NOAA, The National Weather Service and the Department of Homeland Security, all recognized private schools in Kentucky will get a weather radio. As a matter of fact, many of these radios have already been delivered.
As I have mentioned here before, I Chair the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) which works in conjunction with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to champion severe weather preparedness across the state. Our committee has been commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help program these radios and produce an educational curriculum to all schools that receive a unit. KWPC secured a FEMA grant to not only make sure these radios get to all public and private schools in Kentucky, but to also outfit school bus garages, superintendents offices, mayors and Judge-executive offices and post-secondary schools.
Ultimately, it is the goal of NOAA, The National Weather Service and DHS to outfit every single school in the United States with a working programmable weather radio.
If you are a public school administrator, you should have already received a weather radio by now. If you run a private school, you will be receiving a weather radio in the coming days and weeks. If you are a school superintendent or principal and have not received a weather radio by December 31st, I'd like to know about it. Also, if you have any questions about the proper programming or operation of your radio, please let me know as well.
I am so proud to be part of a statewide committee whose drive and purpose is to make sure everyone in Kentucky is better prepared for the onslaught of severe weather. CA