ERIC Number: EJ759566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-5
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School Buses Answer Calls for Help in Crises
Borja, Rhea R.
Education Week, v25 n6 p1, 14 Oct 2005
Five days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, a convoy of 142 air-conditioned school buses from the 209,000-student Texas district rumbled to life. Loaded with food and bottled water, staffed by 350 school employees, and accompanied by bus-repair trucks and a phalanx of school police cars, the yellow buses traveled all night to reach the Crescent City, some 350 miles away. According to public-safety and transportation experts, the work of Houston's school buses, drivers and other employees in the response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita illustrates just how important a role both can play in mass evacuations from natural disasters. However, experts comment that exactly how officials plan to use school buses in emergencies--and how effectively those plans are followed--can vary greatly among states and even within states.
Descriptors: Employees, Bus Transportation, Natural Disasters, Weather, School Buses, School Community Relationship, Emergency Programs, Crisis Management, School Districts, Community Coordination, Government School Relationship
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Identifiers - Location: Texas