HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Another Pine Belt school district has been recognized by the National Weather Service as being prepared to properly handle a weather emergency. Lamar County Schools are "Storm Ready Supporters" according to that agency.
The district has met various National Weather Service requirements related to receiving and issuing weather warnings and sheltering students during serious weather events.
"This is a very important thing, because our kids are important and they've basically gone through a pretty comprehensive review process," said Steve Wilkinson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Jackson.
"Well, we're very pleased to receive the Storm Ready Supporter status on behalf of the district," said Steve Rosser, director of public safety for the Lamar County School District. "It's attributed to the working relationship we have, not only with emergency management, but also with the sheriff's department and other responding agencies," he said.
"This speaks volumes to their preparedness and the things they have gone through and the work they have put into it, to make sure the kids are safe, when they're within their possession and during school hours," said James Smith, director of Lamar County Emergency Management.
The Petal and Forrest County school districts have also been named "Storm Ready Supporters."