Storm Week: Keeping Kids Safe in a Storm

Severe weather and tornadoes can happen at any time of the day, and that's why it's important to have a plan of action. Students at Barwise Junior High school practice that plan of action by having tornado drills several times a year. Weather is something principal Dr. Glenda Muelburger takes very seriously.

"We have three to four tornado drills a year, especially in the spring time. February we'll be having one, March we'll have one. We've already had one earlier this year. We like the kids to be familiar with the routine in case we need to use it," Muelburger said.

What happens if the tornado siren goes off while you're at school?

The hallways are the safest place in the school according to 7th grade social studies teacher Reese Inman.

Inman was in the April 10th, 1979 tornado that ripped across Wichita Falls, his school at the time, McNeil Junior Highs, was badly damaged by the twister. He shares his experience with students.

"When I became a teacher, I began collecting memories and photographs of things that went on during that time frame. We have a responsibility to make sure that our students are safe so when we're doing our tornado drills around that time of the year, I usually show them my photographs, talk about tornado safety," said Inman.

At school there's a set plan, but what about when these kids go home? Do they know what to do and where to go if a warning is issued? You can go in a bathroom and put a mattress over it or you can go into a room that's not filled with windows.

Angelica Perez baby sits and it's especially important for her to know where to go and what to do. "Put them somewhere in a room with no windows...Where would that be? Probably a closet."

All of those are very good answers and that's exactly what Teachers like Inman and principal Muehlberger want to hear.

Principal Dr. Muehlberger says at school, they listen to Noaa weather radio for possible warnings and then tunes into Newschannel 6 for updates on the web as we track severe weather. Students at home say they also keep up with the weather by watching us track storms.

Ken Johnson Newschannel 6