A Different Kind of Storm Preparation

Created: 02/19/2014 6:42 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- City crews are getting their plows geared up, and hardware stores are selling a lot of shovels.

And it’s not the ONLY storm preparation going on as another winter storm heads our way.

"Right now we're preparing our food backpacks for the children so they can take it home today (Wednesday)," said Enrique Camarena-Corzo, success coach at Austin’s Sumner elementary school.

Normally, the backpacks are sent home on Friday.

"When the students get their last hot meal at school on Friday afternoon we knew there were kids who were going until Monday morning's breakfast at school without substantial food," Sumner principal Sheila Berger told us.

“But we will have a blizzard tomorrow and we don't know if we will be here in school or not, so we just taking some precautions for that," Enrique Camarena-Corzo said.

“You add a snow day or two into that mix and then we're taking a couple of days, now it's four, three, four days of not having adequate food,” principal Sheila Berger said.

“Two years ago, one of our students came to our school, have a headache, went to see our nurse and the reason for having a headache was because she didn't eat the day before," said Enrique Camarena-Corzo. "She didn't have supper, and then the next day didn't have breakfast, and that's why she was so weak, had a headache, stomach ache."

"That starts to effect a lot of things like your ability to focus, your ability to rest well, your ability to stay hydrated," added principal Sheila Berger. “In the end, that makes for some really long days and nights for kids, and then when they come back to school on Monday we have that much more catching up to do."

“That's why we to try to give the best healthy foods we can provide to our students," said Enrique Camarena-Corzo. “Like spaghetti, fruits, we have green beans, granola bars."

As it turned out, the advance planning at Sumner paid off.  School in Austin will be closed Thursday.