Columbia Public Schools Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill

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COLUMBIA- The 40th Annual Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill will resume Thursday after being postponed for two days.

The weather service said the drill was postponed due to the winter weather and other factors. Many schools, like the University of Missouri, participated on Tuesday, but other schools waited for Thursday.

Rock Bridge High School is one of the high schools that will participate in the drill Thursday afternoon. Assistant Principal Tim Baker said Rock Bridge is lucky because it is a very safe school when dealing with tornado threats.

Baker said this is because the building does not have many windows inside of its classrooms. Instead, if there is a classroom that has a window, students can just walk across the hall or into another classroom that does not have a window.

Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said every building has their unique challenges when it comes to preparing safety plans. 

"We look at not only the best practices, or things that we've learned, but also because so many of our buildings are different, so we don't have a cookie cutter plan," Baumstark said.

Baumstark said one of the things that comes out of dealing with disasters, whether man-made or natural, is that schools are able to learn from those situations.

The tornado drill is expected to start around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.  

For more details about drills and severe weather visit stormware.mo.gov.

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