CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) — One Walker County elementary school is taking severe weather safety very seriously; especially after two deadly tornadoes struck back on April 27th, 2011. Knowing when and what to do when a tornado warning is issued is a part of life in Cordova. Protecting your head is just as important. That’s why Sabra Brown, a teacher at Cordova Elementary, is slowly getting donations to make sure all 355 students at the school have a helmet. Brown says she is doing it because she thinks something needs to be done to make things a little bit safer for the students. Right now many of them are using books to cover their heads.
“I want us to get every child in the school a helmet.” –Sabra Brown, Cordova Elementary
The law firm of Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris wanted to help with Brown’s quest. On Thursday they stopped by Cordova Elementary to donate fifty bicycle helmets. They also gave money to make sure all 355 students have a helmet, which was a huge surprise to Brown, “I didn’t come in expecting this; this is great.”
The helmets are extremely important to the school especially after they lost one of their own just three years ago. That’s something these children hope to never live through again, but if it does, they’ll be ready.
Doctors at Children’s of Alabama say it’s not the strong winds of a tornado that injure or kill. They say its blunt force trauma to the head. That’s why wearing a simple bicycle or softball helmet can save a life.
Related: Severe Weather Awareness Week
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