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February 13, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Just Read, Florida! Celebrates Hazardous Weather Awareness Week

ST. PETERSBURG-- In recognition of Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, Just Read, Florida! and local officials tomorrow will read to students at Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School in St. Petersburg. There will be a tour of emergency management vehicles on the campus, lecture by the National Weather Service and a tornado drill. The schedule for tomorrow’s event includes:

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Emergency Vehicle Tour at the covered area by the PE field
    Attending Vehicles:
    Florida Highway Patrol vehicle
    National Guard Hummer High Wheel vehicle
    Ambulance
    Fire Truck
    State Emergency Mobile Command vehicle
    American Cross vehicle
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Lecture by the National Weather Service
    Located in the cafeteria
    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Guest Readings
    Located in the second grade classrooms
    Attending guest readers:
    Rick Baker, Mayor of St. Petersburg
    Sarah Lind, Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg
    Clayton Wilcox, Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools
    Julie Janssen, Deputy Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools
    Ms. Anderson, representative from Senator Bill Nelson’s Office
    Major Tom Knight, Florida Highway Patrol
    Trooper Larry Coggins, Florida Highway Patrol
    Ben Nelson, State Meteorologist
    Dick Fletcher, Meteorologist for WTSP-TV
    10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Statewide Tornado Drill in all the classrooms
    10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
    Media Availability at the covered court by the emergency vehicles
    All dignitaries will be present
    The event will take place at:
    Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary
    5900 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street South
    St. Petersburg