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Tornado Safety in Schools

EVERY School Should Have A Plan!
  • Develop a severe weather action plan and have frequent drills,
  • Each school should be inspected and tornado shelter areas designated by a registered engineer or architect. Basements offer the best protection. Schools without basements should use interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor and away from windows.
  • Those responsible for activating the plan should monitor weather information from NOAA Weather Radio and local radio/television.
  • If the school's alarm system relies on electricity, have a compressed air horn or megaphone to activate the alarm in case of power failure.
  • Make special provisions for disabled students and those in portable classrooms.
  • Make sure someone knows how to turn off electricity and gas in the event the school is damaged.
  • Keep children at school beyond regular hours if threatening weather is expected. Children are safer at school than in a bus or car. Students should not be sent home early if severe weather is approaching.
  • Lunches or assemblies in large rooms should be delayed if severe weather is anticipated. Gymnasiums, cafeterias, and auditoriums offer no protection from tornado strength winds.
  • Move students quickly into interior rooms or hallways on the lowest floor. Have them assume the tornado protection position (shown at right).

In addition to schools, all institutions should have a tornado plan -- hospitals, nursing homes, and businesses should develop a similar plan.

 


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