“On May 20, cell phones were useless, land lines and computers were compromised, and with a district in storm procedures, that means we then have 22 isolated buildings. As part of storm procedures, every principal and bus driver gets on their radio, and at the Administrative Services Center, we can hear everything going on and issue general commands or individual commands as needed while staying on top of what’s going on where,” Siano said.
As the district looks to the next bond issue, Siano said a major three-part study of the area demographics, facilities’ needs and safety updates that is currently in progress will take storm sheltering into account.
“This work has to be fluid and ongoing; situations change, buildings get additions, procedures and assessments have to be updated constantly. It's never finished,” Siano said.