New Pipeline Safety and Awareness Effort Reaching School Officials Statewide in Texas

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NEW program launches on pipeline safety awareness and resources for administrators in Texas Schools across the state.

As a sponsor you will receive documentation that the Smalley Foundation delivered pipeline safety presentations at approximately 20 regional school safety workshops across the state, two state-level conferences, online school pipeline safety toolkit use d

Keeping Texas Schools Safe

“Texas has many pipelines. I will be looking into what pipelines are in our area.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the pipeline incident that took the life of 17 year-old Danielle Dawn Smalley and her friend Jason Stone.

In filling their mission of pipeline safety, the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit, reaches schools across the nation that are located nearby pipelines with safety and emergency planning education in partnership with pipeline operators.

“Considering the vast amount of pipeline infrastructure and growing school populations in Texas, and an apparent lack of school pipeline safety awareness and resources, we identified an elevated need to reach ALL schools in Texas with pipeline safety. This new large scale effort is a milestone for our organization, for Texas, and for school safety” said the Foundation’s Executive Director, Sheila Caguiat, MSW

To fill this need, the Smalley Foundation is partnering with the Texas School Safety Center, at the Texas State University, to develop and provide pipeline safety and emergency planning resources and ongoing support to school officials of all kinds across the state. This includes in-person presentations at regional safety workshops and state conferences, online toolkits, educational videos and other resources freely and conveniently available to school officials. To learn more about the Texas School Safety Center and to view the online resources and a list of upcoming training events, go online to:

“Good information that I have never thought about before” Texas School Based Law Enforcement Official

Although school officials today are alert and proactive when assessing risks and hazards in and around their school campuses, pipelines can oftentimes be overlooked since they are out of sight. Until now, pipelines and other underground infrastructure, has not been in the forefront of school emergency planning alongside other safety focuses where it belongs.

Key programming messages include:

What pipeline markers look like and information they provide
Common pipeline product characteristics
History of natural gas odorant (New London Texas school disaster)
Indications and hazards of a pipeline leak
How to properly report and respond to a pipeline leak
School specific pipeline emergency planning
Federal and state online pipeline mapping tools and resources

As pipeline safety reaches school officials across the state, a culture of protecting underground infrastructure from damage expands, pipeline emergencies are prevented, schools are empowered to identify, report, and safely respond to potential pipeline leaks, increasing the safety of the environment in Texas schools.

“Texas has many pipelines. I will be looking into what pipelines are in our area.” Texas School Official

This first-of-its-kind effort brings pipeline safety to school officials in ways that are already being consumed for ongoing education. By designing online and in-person experiences focused around what school officials care about most, attitudes are formed and behaviors are influenced that carry into their everyday role of student safety.

Pipeline operators, utility companies and others with an interest in pipeline safety and damage prevention can learn more and join the Danielle Dawn Smalley Foundation in this commemorative effort:

Email:     info(at)smalleyfnd(dot)org

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