Montague, Texas -
Severe weather can strike at anytime and disasters such as the Moore tornado that decimated a school has many districts looking for ways to better protect their students during storm season.
Montague Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Eldridge says underground storm shelters were installed over the summer and will be ready to go when school starts in the fall.
The start of a new school year is only a couple of weeks away and Eldridge says the school district will be ready to go if severe weather were to strike.
"I think it'll be just an absolutely awesome for that situation and hopefully that doesn't occur but if it does, we're ready for it," Eldridge says.
Eldridge says each of the eight shelters can hold up to 15 people and were strategically placed on the school's campus to ensure students and staff can move into them quickly and safely.
Superintendent Eldridge says once the school year starts, they're going to start having drills where teachers and students can start practicing getting from their classrooms to their shelters.
"I think it is going to work out great," Eldridge says. "We'll start practicing here when school starts with the kids and get ready and have an intervention plan ready to go for the new year."
"Eldridge says purchasing and installing the storm shelters cost the district about $30,000.
He says money that was well spent.
"The district did pay for it and they compared installing some kind of above ground storm building or something of that nature and this was less money and yet could last for quite some time if not forever," Eldridge says.
However, while Eldridge hopes the shelters never get used, he says it will give him, teachers and parents peace of mind knowing they are there in case a storm rolls in.
Eldridge says he's started working on ways to teach students when and how to use the shelters and hopes to have those plans in place by the start of the school on Aug. 26.
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