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Source: County News Service

March 10, 2015 (San Diego)--Elementary school students learning about the science of natural disasters are also learning how to stay safe and be prepared. A $15,000 donation from AT&T will go toward buying a hand crank-powered radio for each participating classroom to add to its emergency kit.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to accept the donation from the telecommunications company in support of the “Be Aware, Be Prepared!” disaster curriculum that the County Office of Emergency Services developed with the San Diego County Office of Education. Target also donated $10,000 last year to help buy the radios.

The disaster curriculum teaches children disaster readiness and complies with educational Common Core State Standards. The goal is for the students to take this knowledge of natural disasters and preparedness into adulthood.

Teachers in San Diego County can sign up for free curriculum materials, and the first 1,500 San Diego teachers who adopt the curriculum will receive a crank-powered emergency radio/flashlight purchased through donations from AT&T and Target.

The preparedness curriculum is on track to being adopted as an educational model in the state and around the country.

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It Seems Like a Bad Idea

When was the last time your telephone service failed? Do you know anyone who doesn't own a cell phone? A radio? Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?

Actually LOTS of people lost phone and cell service in the fires

The reason we started our wildfire alerts via email, actually, is we got calls at midnight during the Harris Fire from people trapped in rural towns where cell phone towers AND phone lines had burned down. I am in a suburban area, but during the big blackout, my cable phone line failed, even though it was supposed to work in a blackout. My cell phone was next to worthless too, spotty at best. I am a huge fan of redundancy -- there is no such thing as too many communication options during a wildfire or other regional emergency!