(Atlantic) School Safety experts says teachers and students in Moore, Oklahoma., were as prepared as anyone could have been to respond to the devastating tornado that struck earlier this week.
The monster tornado left at least 24 dead, including nine children, and destroyed two elementary schools. Teachers and other school officials are being called heroes for responding just as they had during untold numbers of routine disaster drills over the years.
Atlantic High School Principal Heather McKay says educators share one thing in common.
“Educators love their students and always want them to be safe,” stated McKay. “So when I read the report of the teacher who was pulled out of the rubble on top of three of her students, I know that is exactly what our educators would do.”
McKay says the Atlantic School District has safety procedures and designated places to go in case of an emergency. Whether it is a fire or a tornado drill, McKay says she is confident AHS students and faculty would be safe in case of a devastating tornado.
“I hope that it is never a situation that we are faced with,” said McKay. “But if we are… we know what we can do to keep everyone safe.”
Ms. McKay has worked with Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon to make sure their procedures meet the safest possibilities for individuals. In addition the school district conducts numerous practice drills during the school year.
May 22, 2013