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Hearing Sirens: It Was Just a Drill

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The sound of tornado sirens may have caught your attention Friday morning.  They were part of Alabama and Georgia's observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The actually time of drills are usually kept secret, because tornadoes don't give much warning, so Friday's siren drill was suppose to get students ready when the real thing happens.  "These drills help us to already know what to do when it comes for real, so we want be scared," said Shanquez Colbert, Wynnton Elementary Student. 

Knowing what to do is essential, but teachers say they have to put on tough skin no matter the situation.  "We have to be patient because we can't let the children know that we are afraid.  It keeps them calm," said Deborah Smith, Wynnton Elementary Teacher. 

When the threat of severe weather comes, some folks are ready to drive to school and check-out their kids.  But meteorologist say that is not a good idea.  "We want the kids to stay at school because actually they are in the safest place that they can be.  We don't want them out on the roads and we definietly don't want them in mobile homes.  So if there's a tornado warning leave your kids in school until the warning expires," said Derek Kinkade, Meteorologist. 

Meanwhile for these students every time there is a drill administrators say it's time-out for playing.  "You practice and take it serious because it could be that one time that it is a situation that is real," said Nancy Johnson, Wynnton Elementary Principal. 

Over the past 5 years, 25 people have been killed by tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.  Students told News Leader Nine that by practicing drills in school it helps them to know what to do if they are at home during severe weather.  For example, like going to the lowest level in their home and staying away from windows.

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