This week, Wayne County Public Schools will participate in the state tornado drill on Wednesday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. as part of North Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 5-11).
“We know that severe weather can occur at any time,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS superintendent. “This week’s training drill will help reinforce emergency response plans for our students, staff, and visitors. All of our school administrators will use the exercise as an opportunity to assess how well plans are executed and identify any issues or concerns that may need to be addressed.”
After hearing the announcement for the “tornado warning,” teachers and school administrators will be required to move their students to designated locations in their school.
In case of a tornado, the district’s procedures follow recommendations by the North Carolina Emergency Management Division. Students and adults are required to seek shelter in designated areas clear of windows, such as interior hallways. Students and staff in mobile classrooms are brought into the main building. Schools try to move students from gymnasiums, auditoriums and other rooms with a large expanse of roof. Bus drivers are also encouraged to be alert for bad weather on their routes.