Public schools nationwide to receive weather radios

An early warning tool in the form of an NOAA Weather Radio is about to be in every public school. Government officials announced Monday that the government will supply hazard warning radios to all 97,000 public schools in the United States.

Mike Morrison, principal at Houston Middle School, was among the first to get a free radio.  "It's nice to have something that can instantly get your attention," he said. "Our office complex here is windowless, so often we don't even know if it's raining unless we can get out of the office to see what is going on.

Along with weather alerts, the radios can also send information about Amber Alerts and public emergencies such as terrorist attacks.

LeAnn Byrum, the mother of two children at Houston Middle, said the radios will maker her feel her children are safer.  "It's greatly needed, "She said.  "This is one more thing we can help our kids with."

Before the government's announcement, only six state, including Mississippi, required schools to have weather radios.  Government officials said the goal was to make school children safer.

Local schools that already had weather radios will receive replacements.