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Schools across Indiana practiced tornado drills today just in case the worst happens

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 5:00 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - Tornadoes are violent, sometimes deadly phenomenon that are hard to predict. That's why schools across the state are practicing what to do if one is headed their way.

The last thing you would want is for your children to be at school and hear the sound of the tornado sirens and not know what to do.

That’s why schools in East Allen do tornado drills at least once a year. Which makes parents and students comfortable during severe weather

“I think that East Allen County does a really good job of teaching their students what to do in an emergency,” said Alicia Tran-Stotlar, a parent of a New Haven Primary School student.

Renita Peters, the principal of New Haven Primary says the drills are benefitting the students. She said, “doing these drills, they get practice and they get repetition and familiarity. So, they’re not doing anything new, they’re going to a position they’ve been to before so that if the real occurrence does happen, we are in safe positions already and students know where to go.”

Although it’s just a drill, students at New Haven Primary School know it’s a serious situation says first grade teacher Christina Fisher.

“I think they are very prepared and they know that it’s serious. They know exactly what to do, they’ve practiced a lot and they get right where they’re supposed to go, get right in position and they’re very quiet and they’re very well behaved,” she said.

Students as young as 5 years old know exactly what to do thanks to training

Delilah Stotlar knew the steps exactly to keep herself safe, saying “you have to put your hands behind your neck and keep your head down.”

But some students, like Delilah, don't like the drills “because it feels like it’s real.”

Students are taking learning the drills and taking the information home with them, which is one of the goals of the schools, to help keep your family weather-ready

Tran-Stotler said her daughter Delila “...talks about them everyday. Every single time they have a drill, whether it’s a tornado drill, a fire drill, or safety drills, she really likes to talk about that stuff at home.”

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