Kids Duck and Cover for Statewide Tornado Drill
FULTON - Students at Bartley Elementary School in Fulton took a short break from class Thursday afternoon to practice extreme weather safety. The drill was part of Missouri's annual statewide tornado drill sponsored by the State Emergency Management Agency. It's all part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The school practices its own tornado safety twice a year, but it chose to participate in the week's drill after last Friday brought the real threat of tornadoes to the area.
"A lot of times we do our drills in the morning so it's less disruptive for the classroom environment. However, since the state is having them at 1:30 I wanted to follow along with that," said principal Connie Epperson.
Teachers prepared their students before the drill by practicing their duck and cover positions. When the alarm sounded at 1:30, students and teachers quietly filed into the hall. The drill took less than five minutes.
The National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management offices hosted the Severe Weather Week. The drill was originally planned for Tuesday, but a rainstorm pushed the drill back to Thursday.