Storm Week 2010: Kids and Severe Weather

The main threat for severe weather across Texoma may be in the spring, but schools are always preparing for the worst. At Fowler Elementary in Wichita Falls, Assistant Principal Ray Dillard explains that the key to keeping kids safe is to prepare on the first day of school.

"By training the students so that they understand what their response is and how to act when we have a drill," said Dillard.

And when they hear that siren these kids know what to do.  After talking to a few of the students at Fowler Elementary, it was clear that they knew to drop everything, get into the hallway, and duck and cover-up.

When things start flying around and falling on and around you, just throw your hands on top of your head to protect yourself. The teachers and principals know when to get the students out of the classrooms and into the hallways.

"If we get a warning we will probably go into the drill, but if we see that out this window there is a tornado or it looks threatening enough to me, I'd push the button anyways, "said Assistant Principal Dillard.  "We watch the clouds, the cloud movement, the cloud color.  I hate that green color.  It scares me."

Kids should be safe under the supervision of teachers and principals, but what happens if it happens after school and parents are still at work?  Chief Meteorologist Ken Johnson welcomed us into his home where he explained how he prepared his family for mother nature's worst.

Click on the video at the top of the page to hear from Ken and his family.