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Updated: 12/20/2012 8:10 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A Las Vegas grandmother believes kids should be taught very early what to do if violence strikes.

Debbie Cochran keeps a close eye on her 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter.

Fifteen years ago, well before her granddaughter was born, Cochran went on a crusade to change the laws in Nevada day cares.

“A lot of the members of the Legislature were amazed at the fact that there were no fire drill protocol in place for preschools and day cares,” Cochran said.

Now they're required to do them monthly and the fire department checks them once a year.

Today, Cochran is on a different crusade. She wants the youngest to do what the big kids do: disaster drills for preschools, and a lesson on lockdowns and any other potential unknowns

“If we you had another shooter like you did last Friday, they could easily take out 400 children in a matter of minutes,” she said.

Former Assemblyman Doug Bache helped turn Cochran's fire preparedness ideas into law back in 1997 and thinks her latest inspiration could find an audience in Washington.

Cochran has written letters to U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller and is asking other parents and grandparents to do the same thing.
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