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School safety plans practiced and performed for bad weather preparedness

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As sirens sounded off March 26 at about 7:30 p.m. and ended around 12 a.m. in the cities of Fairview and Lucas, safety plans are encouraged for when treacherous storms strike both during school hours and after by school officials and emergency dispatch personnel.

The tornado season spans from March first to August first, but it tends to peak from late April to June. “Tornado Alley” is an area in the Southern U.S. that is hit by tornados frequently, which includes the northern part of Texas. About 1,000 tornadoes occur annually in the U.S., so people in Texas could expect to receive multiple tornadoes during this season. Winds generated from tornadoes can crash through anything and can injure people, or sometimes even result in death.

“Texas can experience extreme thunderstorms that can produce dangerous winds and hail, and at times even tornadoes.  This can happen quickly without much notice, so it is important to have a plan, practice the plan, and listen to all directions in case of emergency,” said Assistant Principal Lacey Moser.


According to http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-safety-tornado.htm, people should know a disaster plan before bad weather hits near them. This will help them be prepared and increase their chances of emerging from such events unharmed and alive. It is also recommended that people have a safety kit with emergency supplies. Listening to the radio for warnings and updates is also an advisable idea to stay safe.

“It’s nice if you have already prepared for an emergency, so you have some food or water or something to do in there, but tornados don’t last very long, so you don’t really need a whole lot to do. If you have a tornado shelter, that would be a wonderful thing,” said Mary-Alice Butler, emergency dispatch for Lucas Fire Department.

During a tornado, a basement or an inside room without windows is the safest place to be because it offers the most shelter from the winds and debris in the air. A sturdy piece of furniture will offer some protection and a cover against the strong winds during a tornado. During school, students are told to duck and cover or go under desks, and while not at school, people should apply the same technique by laying flat in a ditch or on low ground.

“The most important thing to remember during a tornado is to stay calm and keep your head down, and also stay away from windows,” said seventh-grader Keith Taylor.


According to https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes states that tornados are one of the most violent storms, and natural disasters occur without being expected; people need to have a plan when things happen during tornado season.

If there were concerns or reports that a tornado was close to Willow Springs, students should follow the directions of their teachers and any announcements that might be made. The administration at Willow Springs will always monitor the weather and follow any directions given,” said Moser.

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