11:40 AM Wednesday Update... The 2013 summer contest is winding down. As of August 20th, here are the numbers. To check your entry, click on link in the navigation bar above.
Total number of degrees at Little Rock...7298
Total rain (LR and NLR)... 17.19''
There are so many things a parent worries about when it comes to their kids safety. One of which I want to address in this post.
Remember what happened on May 20th in Moore, Oklahoma? Can you imagine knowing your kids school was destroyed by a tornado, you're miles away, roads are blocked, communication is down, and there's nothing you can do. Knowing your school has a solid plan of action can help with some peace of mind. In light of what happened at Plaza Towers Elementary (the school took a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado and 7 students were killed), it's a good idea as a parent to make sure your school administrators review those emergency plans. Now is the time to reevaluate what schools do when tornado warnings are issued.
We often think severe weather season is only the spring, but that's not always true. We have a secondary severe weather season in the fall and there have been times when it's worse compared to spring.
I have found a number of resources I hope you read, watch, and pass along to your school administrators. Let's learn from what happened in Oklahoma and do what we can to keep this from ever happening here.
Here's some great information below from the NWS and I have some links below.
Some things to consider:
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF FILE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE "TORNADO SAFETY IN SCHOOLS"