When severe weather threatens, Meridian Public Schools and Lauderdale County Schools rely heavily on Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency. LEMA advises both school districts on what to do with their students.
Lauderdale County superintendent Randy Hodges said LEMA was very helpful during Tuesday's severe weather.
"Yesterday's situation, we got the call from LEMA and they alerted us that it would be extreme weather around the time we would dismiss, so we made the decision to hold our students until the weather passes," Hodges said.
Last month, Lauderdale County Schools implemented Alert FM radios to warn students.
LEMA provided these Alert radios for all county schools. During bad weather or even an emergency, an alert is sent out, the superintendent is notified and then a plan is put in place.
Jermaine Brown, of Meridian Public Schools' student support services, said during bad weather, students who walk home are released early. Those who ride the bus or drive their own vehicles are kept inside school hallways until the alert is lifted.
"And even with the elementary kids, some of our administrators, some of our principals and teachers kind of accompany them on home so they will make sure they get home safely," Brown said.
Both Brown and Hodges agree safety is the number one priority for their students. Brown said the Meridian district has not received the Alert radios yet, but LEMA is working on providing a radio to each campus soon.
These radios are also available to the public. For more information on how to purchase one, you may call 601-482-9852.