This post is by Bernie Carr
Just a quick post today… I am sure y’all have been hearing about tropical storm Imelda that has caused massive flooding in Southeast Texas, including Houston. Many homes are still flooded, a painful reminder of the terrible destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey just a couple of years ago.
But there was one story that caught my eye, one that I always warn readers could happen: students stuck at school for hours after the school day ended due to flooding. According to Chron.com, school buses could not navigate the flood waters and had to turn back. The surrounding areas were too flooded for parents to be able to pick up their kids.
Around 200 students stayed in school until late at night until flood waters began to recede and parents could come and pick them up. Some got picked up around 9:30, but some were had to wait until 11:30 to get picked up.
That’s why you need to make sure kids have an emergency pack at school that includes water, food, mini flashlight, change of clothing, etc. Have a backup contact in case you are unable to leave the office due to a disaster. Set up a secret code word in case you are sending someone else the kids are unfamiliar with to pick them up. For ideas on making a family disaster plan, see How to Make a Family Disaster Plan.
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