Tornado Safety Drills Held Across Kentucky

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A tornado alert sounded in every school in Kentucky Tuesday morning instructing students to take action.

Fortunately that alert was followed by, "This is a tornado drill", and not a real warning.

At 10:07 a.m. students exited their classrooms, went into hallways, got into a crouched position against a wall and covered their heads.

Richard Cyrus is the School Resource Officer in Boyd County and says student safety begins with being prepared.

"You take a look at all the severe weather that's happened across the United States, we need to train these kids even more because whether it could happen at home or happen at school we want them to be able to survive an incident," said Cyrus.

Shelby Channey is a 5th grader at Catlettsburg Elementary and has practiced the routine many times. "Get into this position with our hands locked over our head and cover our face in case glass or any materials come out," said Channey.

Will Prater is a 4th grader and says its actually calming to know exactly what to do in case of an emergency. "When we're doing this drill I'm thinking don't worry, stay calm, it's gonna be okay, just get into your stance and wait for the drill to be over," said Prater.

Tuesday’s drill was triggered by the National Weather Service in Kentucky and alerts sounded on the weather alert radios in each school.

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