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Decatur Co. schools encourage tornado safety

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DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

As Moore, Oklahoma begins what is sure be a long recovery period, folks here in Georgia are revisiting their own safety plans.

Tornado and other emergency drills are common in our schools, but one south Georgia school superintendent says the preparedness should not just remain in the classroom.

Some of us may not have always taken those school tornado drills seriously, but with two elementary schools destroyed Monday in Oklahoma, safety needs to be a top priority.

"It is extremely important for the students to not only participate in the drills, but certainly to try to understand, comprehend, and remember what we are sharing with them," said Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield.

Decatur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield says each of their schools conduct around six tornado drills every year.

"Because of the area of the state in which we are located we are predisposed to severe weather probably more than some other areas in the state."

Rayfield says it's important for these students to not only learn these weather procedures while in school, but also while they're at home.

"I know we send a good bit of information home each year during severe weather awareness week. That is a key piece to making sure that all of our students understand we can deliver that information to them, but we also need for it to be reinforced at home."

And young people are not the only ones who need to be prepared.

"The way that they react in time of emergency is also very important to the success of all of us being able to handle it the right way. So not only do I encourage those kids to become very knowledgeable, I encourage parents to become knowledgeable as well," said Rayfield.

Rayfield says whenever they do encounter a weather related emergency, phone calls, text messages, and emails are sent out to the parents, faculty, and staff.

You can brush up on Decatur County's safety protocols by clicking the link below.

http://www.boe.dcboe.com/?DivisionID=12580&ToggleSideNav=

 

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