KMAJ-FM morning show hosts “Hooker and Manns” started a petition drive this morning to make it Kansas law that all schools have either a safe room(s) or underground shelter(s) capable of protecting a school’s student and faculty population.
In addition, they are asking that a radio station in every tornado-alley state lead a similar effort for their community.
The campaign, named “No Moore in Kansas” is designed to bring attention to the fact that many schools are not equipped to handle storms similar to those experienced in Moore, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri. The radio hosts want a law making shelters mandatory.
“When someone tragically loses a loved-one, often they’re tormented that they couldn’t somehow have looked into the future and prevented it. Oklahoma and Joplin serve as our “Back to the future moments,” said AM Show co-host “Hooker”.
“This could be our only chance to save the lives of the kids that play in our neighborhoods. There’s no reason why every school should not be equipped to adequately protect kids and teachers from these storms,” added Topeka native and co-host Mike Manns.
The radio hosts are attempting to collect 10,000 signatures in Kansas. In December they will speak and present the petition to state legislators.
Watch Kansas First News at 5 p.m. to learn more about this event.