Local elementary takes part in tornado drill day

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Thursday was Indiana’s statewide ‘tornado drill’ day as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Storm Team 10 Meteorologist Lindsey Monroe was at a local school Thursday morning to see how Wabash Valley teachers and children prepare for severe weather.

Just as students would plan and prepare for an exam, it is just as important that they prepare for an emergency.

Students and faculty across the state of Indiana headed to their school’s hallways and basements to practice a potentially life-saving plan.

Thursday marked the first day of spring and we are spotting those iconic images of warmer weather in our local schools.

“They always tell us to put our hands over our neck and head,” said Emma Saunders, student. “And to bend down and get on the floor and bend down.”

St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Terre Haute took the opportunity to practice their ‘safe action’ plan during Indiana’s statewide tornado drill day.

“If we are in the gym, those students will be in the locker room,” stated Principal Amy McClain. “And what you witnessed today were people on the walkie talkies saying 8th grade is here, so we know where everybody is.”

This is the protocol for the teachers, but the students learn what to do well in advance in case of an actual tornado.

“We talk about the different types of severe weather, and make them a little more aware on what is going on outside. We think if they understand it a little bit better and practice what is in place and they know where to go and they will be safe, I think it makes them feel a little more secure,” said Susan McDowell, science teacher.

St. Patrick’s School practices severe weather safety multiple times as we head into peak storm season.

“We always start our first drill with the statewide one. And after this first drill if there are things that we need to iron out, then we will have more.”

They are certainly making the grade when it comes to safety.

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