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03.02.07

Local School Disaster Drills

Enterprise High School after a tornado struck Thursday causing the roof to collapse, killing 8 Enterprise High School after a tornado struck Thursday causing the roof to collapse, killing 8
AISD students are instructed to squat down and cover their heads with a book during tornado drills AISD students are instructed to squat down and cover their heads with a book during tornado drills

Schools in our area are mapping out their tornado plans.

Every year, area schools perform tornado drills to prepare for the unthinkable.

Unthinkable scenes just like out of Alabama, where Thursday a deadly twister hit a high school killing 8 students.

Should a tornado strike here.

A radio will go off signaling severe weather is on its way then a bell will ring 8 times alerting student and staff to take cover.

Officials have a plan.

And they make sure everyone's on board.

"We're going to get our biggest library books that you have that's for protection."

Gene Howe Elementary in the Canyon Independent School District is gearing-up for its tornado drill.

"We are going to squat down put your book on top of your head."

Teaching and reminding its students how to seek shelter and stay protected during a disaster.

"We do these drills over and over again to make sure they're very comfortable about what they're doing and what's going to keep them safe ... the tragedy in Alabama is evidence of why we need to be doing this," says Laurie Cizon.

"We cant predict the weather all we can do is predict our actions when it happens," says Michelle Wilson.

Repeating such scenarios.

Making them second nature.

To hopefully stay ahead and safe from mother nature's harsher side.

It is up to the school to decide when they want to perform the drills.

But Canyon and Amarillo Independent School Districts perform them at least once a year.

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