• October 25, 2014

Student studies hurricanes in Fla.

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:30 am

When Killeen Independent School District seventh-grader Nathan McCray went to Florida to study the impact of hurricanes on public health and medical needs, he wasn’t expecting to get a taste of the real thing.

McCray, who will attend Manor Middle School next year, traveled to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., earlier this month to participate in the Duke University CRISIS program. The weeklong camp tasks groups of students with researching and organizing a response to a mock crisis.

McCray was tasked with responding to a hurricane from a health and medical standpoint.

“We studied how hurricanes impact people, and what kind of help they would need,” McCray said.

That included studying the body and its systems, and learning medical rescue techniques and CPR.

“I was interested (in the program) because I want to go into the medical field,” McCray said. “It was very interesting and fun.”

While the hurricane McCray and the other students tackled was only theoretical, their time at Eckerd coincided with the development of Tropical Storm Chantal in the Atlantic Ocean.

“We started to get lots of rain because of the storm,” McCray said. “It got pretty bad, and it didn’t stop for two days.”

McCray said he was glad when the rain finally let up. Despite the close brush with the storm, McCray said he enjoyed his time in the program, and recommended that other students consider participating next year.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured Events