Preparing Your Students, Staff and School for Tornado Season
Best Available Refuge Areas
By Shive- Hattery
Growing up, many of us became well-practiced in tornado drills and know exactly what to do when we hear the alarm.
At school, teachers lead us in a single file line towards a designated area. We crouch low, hold our heads down, and protect the backs of our heads with our hands. We stay away from windows and go to different spaces including the gym, bathrooms, or hallways.
The key to safety is to be in a structurally sound space that is designed to withstand extreme wind events including tornadoes. Some of the spaces normally used during extreme wind events can appear to be structurally sound, but may not always be when subjected to the loads from an extreme wind event.