Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kansas school, emergency officials learn from C. J. Huff, Joplin Tornado experience

Joplin Superintendent C. J. Huff was keynote speaker earlier this week at the Kansas Safe and Prepared Schools Conference:

With tears in his eyes, Huff told the tough story of those first hours and days after the tornado destroyed much of the city.
He demonstrated methods Joplin used to take care of its students and keep the education system intact, giving Kansas officials a picture of what worked and what didn't.
Huff says making quality and lasting connections now makes all the difference later.
"Find your common ground, find it soon and work through your differences, and be prepared. You can't go into a disaster like this not having high quality relationships. And sometimes we all have to realize we have to agree to disagree but at the end of the day, taking care of your people is the most important thing and you have to figure out ways to...creative ways to do that," says Huff.

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