Students prepare for statewide tornado drills

Students prepare for statewide tornado drills
Posted at 7:31 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 23:42:54-04

"What do I know about severe weather?"

It's the question teacher Shelly Brown poses to her kindergarten students at Merton Primary School as they learn about severe weather and tornado awareness week.

This Thursday, the state is holding its annual Statewide Tornado Drill. For the first time there will be two drills. The first will be at 1:45pm while the kids are in school.

In anticipation for the first drill, Merton Primary School Kindergarden teacher Shelly Brown says her students are learning  about the risks of severe weather and tornado awareness.

"It is so important to actually prepare the kids before Thursday so they understand why we are practicing this drill," Brown said.

The second drill, also on Thursday, will be held at 6:55 p.m. to remind families to have a plan at home.

"We'll go in our basement," said student Liam Behringer, "We get all covered with blankets and get pillows."

Fellow classmate Mielle Kolpien said, "I have beds in my basement because two of my sisters sleep down there. I think we'll get covered up in the blankets in the bed."

Brown hopes that her recent lessons will provide students with safe options in the event of real severe weather.

"Through all of our newsletters and communication home we always talk to the parents about talking to them throughout the week as well about what they would do at home and where they would go," Brown said.

For more information on the Statewide Tornado Drills visit