heart goes out to the people in the Department of Education manning typhoon
shelters. It is not their mission, they're not trained for it."
DOE needs to get out of the shelter business
Taimanao, KUAM News
April 19, 2003
Supertyphoon Kujira passed by Guam without causing in physical damage,
it did cause the cancellation of school for Department of Education students.
Seven DOE schools which served as shelters had only a half day of school
on Monday, and all schools were closed on Tuesday.
Senator Robert Klitzkie (R) says he thinks DOE needs to get out of the
shelter business. “I have to say my heart goes out to the people
in the Department of Education manning typhoon shelters. It is not their
mission, they're not trained for it…they do a good job not withstanding
those facts and they certainly have enough to do without manning typhoon
shelters during storms. Their mission is educating the children of Guam.
Other parts of the government are better suited to typhoon shelter management,”
he told KUAM News.
Senator Klitzkie says he intends to introduce legislation that would mandate
other parts of government take over shelter management. He says the Guam
Housing and Urban Renewal Authority is one agency that could be involved
in the process.
DOE Interim Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania-Shafer has told KUAM in
the past she favors DOE getting out of the shelter business. She says
if the schools weren't being used for shelters students would have missed
far fewer days of school this year following Typhoon Chataan and Supertyphoon
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