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Dougherty Co. schools prepare for severe weather season

Wednesday's statewide tornado drill is postponed until Friday at 9 a.m. (Source: WALB) Wednesday's statewide tornado drill is postponed until Friday at 9 a.m. (Source: WALB)
Doughery County Schools spokesman J.D. Sumner knows his schools are prepared, but drills are vital to remain vigilant. (Source: WALB) Doughery County Schools spokesman J.D. Sumner knows his schools are prepared, but drills are vital to remain vigilant. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County schools will participate in Friday's tornado drill. (Source: WALB) Dougherty County schools will participate in Friday's tornado drill. (Source: WALB)
If you are at work, school or home, you should have a plan to avoid being injured by debris during severe storms. (Source: WALB) If you are at work, school or home, you should have a plan to avoid being injured by debris during severe storms. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Due to inclement weather, Wednesday morning's statewide tornado drill has been postponed to Friday morning at 9:00.

Every school within the Dougherty County School System will participate in the drill.

Administrators know that these drills can bring back bad memories for students who were impacted by last year's storms.

However, Dougherty County wants their students and staff to be prepared for the scenario of a tornado impacting the area on a school day. 

"It's important for our kids to understand what to do, and to train them enough so that when something happens, there's not chaos in the building," said school system spokesperson J. D. Sumner. "They know exactly what to do, it seems routine to them, they maintain order and are kept in a safe environment."

The school system conducts multiple tornado and other safety drills a year, but it is also important to have a severe weather plan for where you are throughout the day.

Severe weather can happen on any day of the year and at any time of day.

Most families have a severe weather plan at home, but not all tornadoes will happen when you are there.

It is important to have a severe weather plan for where you are at all day long, including school or at a workplace.    

"Even at your place of work like here at WALB, we know what room to go in to. That would be our control room, because that's the center of our TV station and has no outside walls or windows, said First Alert Meteorologist Chris Zelman. 

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