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Arkansas State University hosts disaster preparedness conference

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - School administrators from Region 8 schools gathered at Arkansas State University on Thursday for a disaster preparedness conference.

ASU Assistant Professor Brent Cox said the program is part of the Educational Renewal Zone initiative. The program helps provide training to school districts on disaster preparedness and response.

“No matter if it's from a tornado, to an active shooter, earthquakes, thunderstorms, accidents, whatever it may be we are talking to the safety teams and planning commissions of the schools on how to respond to and recover from disasters,” said Cox.

Blytheville Superintendent Richard Atwill attended the conference. He said he wants his schools to have a unified command system with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department to help keep all citizens safe during possible disasters.

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