by Haley Burks
ODESSA - If the unthinkable was ever to strike the Permian Basin, Ector County ISD is ready. They have a new tool to communicate in the event of an emergency.
"Schools have been relaying on taking notes home and technology allows us to communicate a lot more quickly more directly, and we haven't had the structure to do that until now," Mike Adkins with Ector County ISD, said.
He adds the system not just for emergencies, "School closures send out the notices like when bad weather strikes. Anything that we need to send out the message quickly we will use this."
He says the system is only a few days old and they are still working out all the kinks.
"We have to get word out to parents that they need to sign up for it. Doesn't do any good of its not available," Adkins said.
All Parents have to do is fill out a form on the school district website and will allow parents to be contacted by e-mail and text messages.
"It puts my mind at ease and makes me feel like I would know immediately if my children were in danger," one parent, said.