Severe Weather Awareness Week

WCPS Participates in Severe Weather Awareness Week
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Participates in Severe Weather Awareness WeekThis week, Wayne County Public Schools will participate in the state tornado drill on Wednesday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. as part of North Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 4-10).

“Severe weather can occur at any time, as was reflected with last Thursday’s tornado warning which delayed the dismissal of a number of our schools,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS superintendent. “This week’s statewide tornado drill is designed to help our schools reinforce emergency response plans for our students, staff, and visitors. Each school will also use this training opportunity to assess how well their drill is 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.

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