They have spent the past year learning not only why tornadoes form but how to prepare in case one strikes near them again. On Wednesday, they received an added sense of security in the form of disaster kits stocked with survival supplies.
“Anytime there is severe weather, you can take this kit with you to your safe place,” Principal Dianne Williams said during an afternoon assembly program.
The kits, which were presented to every student in the school, were made possible by a partnership between the school, Project Rebound, World Vision and various donors.
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, provided funds for a nonperishable food items, zippered hygiene kits, flashlights, batteries, tennis shoes and a blanket for each child.
Other items included in the kits were Vienna sausages, bottled water, toilet paper, a survival whistle to alert first responders, a stuffed animal and hand wipes.
Carl Cannon Chevrolet also donated 10 weather radios that were given away as door prizes during the program.
Williams told the parents who attended Wednesday’s program that the disaster kits were an example of a school-wide goal to facilitate recovery through preparedness.
She also emphasized that the faculty and staff of CES are concerned about more than reading, writing and arithmetic.
“We love your children, and we are going to do everything that we can to provide for their safety and to take care of them,” Williams said.
ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann was a surprise guest at Cordova Elementary on Wednesday.
Spann told the students that although severe weather is scary, storms aren’t bad and are actually a blessing because they provide precipitation — a vital part of the water cycle.
“When you hear thunder and you see lightning, please don’t be afraid. Be thankful we have them. If we had no storms, there wouldn’t be enough water,” Spann said.
Although Spann did distinguish that tornadoes are bad, he encouraged the students to make sure their families have a weather radio, talk with their parents about where to go during a tornado and remember to bring their disaster kits with them when they seek shelter.
“When is the next tornado coming through? I don’t know, but you will be ready after today. I promise,” Spann said.