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Emergency planning committee to discuss tone alert radios

NUECES COUNTY - The Nueces County local emergency planning committee met today to discuss problems with the tone alert radios.
/ Source: KRIS-TV

NUECES COUNTY - The Nueces County local emergency planning committee met today to discuss problems with the tone alert radios.

The radios have been in place for 13 years but many school officials have never even heard about the devices.

The radios are designed to help save the lives of students.

"Those tone alerts are activated when there is a chemical emergency in the immediate area. It can be sued for weather and other emergencies" said Rick Ramos, of the local emergency planning committee.

Every school should have one but until recently few even knew about it.

"We have new administrators, new promotions, they take over a campus and they don't know what the radio is and it doesn't do anything and if you went and played with ours it doesn't do anything so you don't know what it is," said CCSID police chief Carlos Cavazos.

School officials say they've been lax about it since there are five alert systems in place. Along with the tone alert radio there's a computerized message sent to telephones in the affected area.

There is also an information hotline.

The tone alert system is meant to buy schools extra time to prepare for a disaster.

The CCSID is trying to figure out which schools have them, and which ones don't.

Online Reporter: Lauren Williamson