HISD holds bus disaster drill

HISD gives bus drivers a refresher course in handling disaster

HOUSTON - As students get ready to head back to school, the Houston Independent School District is making sure bus drivers are ready to handle an emergency situation.

On Thursday, HISD held an emergency crash drill to help drivers brush up on their disaster training.

The drill used students, an overturned bus and lots of fake blood.

"Some people get a little queasy when they see blood, but there might be a situation you run across at any time," said Charlie Reed of HISD. "We wanted to prepare them mentally for that so they would be able to deal with the situation effectively."

"Accidents can happen, so we want to make the drivers aware of ... things that can happen and be able to administer help to those victims," district employee Chandra Robertson-Bailey said.

On any given day, more than 800 HISD buses travel a combined 80,000 miles taking more than 30,000 kids to and from school.

Because of this kind of disaster training, HISD was chosen as one of just two districts in the entire nation for the prestigious Larson Quality Student Transportation Award.

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