Public Safety

Donation Adds Emergency Radios to Disaster Curriculum Classrooms

Elementary school students learning about the science of natural disasters are also learning how to stay safe and be prepared. A $15,000 donation from AT&T will go toward buying a hand crank-powered radio for each participating classroom to add to its emergency kit.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to accept the donation from the telecommunications company in support of the “Be Aware, Be Prepared!” disaster curriculum that the County Office of Emergency Services developed with the San Diego County Office of Education. Target also donated $10,000 last year to help buy the radios.

The disaster curriculum teaches children disaster readiness and complies with educational Common Core State Standards. The goal is for the students to take this knowledge of natural disasters and preparedness into adulthood.

Teachers in San Diego County can sign up for free curriculum materials, and the first 1,500 San Diego teachers who adopt the curriculum will receive a crank-powered emergency radio/flashlight purchased through donations from AT&T and Target.

The preparedness curriculum is on track to being adopted as an educational model in the state and around the country.


Yvette Urrea Moe is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact