Nov 6, 2018 – The district purchased 300 emergency response backpacks and 240 two-way radios.
RUPERT, Idaho — A southern Idaho school district has given all teachers and building administrators two-way radios and emergency response backpacks to use in a crisis.
The Times-News reports Minidoka County School District improvement director Michele Widmier says the district purchased 300 of the backpacks and 240 radios at a cost of just over $20,000.
The radios are programmed to contact police and fire departments directly, without dialing. The backpacks include a variety of items including toilet paper, first-aid kits and gloves.
Teachers and staffers are also being trained on how and when to use the emergency supplies.