Georgia Students and Officials Prepare for Tornado Drills

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

No panic here. Students at Lake Park Elementary spent Friday morning practicing tornado drills. The drill is part of Georgia's Severe Weather Awareness Week.

"When the intercom comes on, it will state there is a tornado warning. When the teachers hear that, they will come out into the tornado areas and each classroom has a designated area where the students will go," said Lake Park Elementary Principal Julie Klein.

Schools, hospitals and families are encouraged to practice the drills and have a plan. As principal of Lake Park Elementary, Klein calls the plan a necessity.

"Each year we revise our safety plan and I think it's very important that they know what to do whether it's tornadoes, severe weather, fire drills," said Klein.

The National Weather Service of Tallahassee sends out a message to weather radio receivers in Georgia to let everyone know that a test, or warning is in place. If it is a real warning, tornado sirens like the one in Hahira will go off.

"This is a great time because this is in schools. For kids to come home and have those conversations with their parents and talk about their family safety plan, that's what these awareness weeks are all about," said Tallahassee National Weather Service Meteorologist Kelly Godsey. "We're heading into our severe weather season in February and March so we want people to take the steps now and be prepared."

For more information, visit Georgia's Weather Emergency Website at to learn how to be prepared.

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