Posted at: 04/18/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 6:49 PM
By: Dan Conradt
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- This time, it was a drill.
The next time, it might not be.
That’s why the tornado sirens sounded around Minnesota early this afternoon.
"We're practicing so if we have an actual situation we'd be prepared" said third grade teacher Deborah Cook at Sumner Elementary School in Austin.
It was mid-afternoon when a PA announcement from the Sumner office alerted students to a tornado preparedness drill.
"I think whether it's a fire drill or a tornado drill, a code red drill, it is really something you need to practice throughout the year so students are prepared and they know the expectations" third grade teacher Deborah Cook told us.
"Most important the student know I need to do two things, I need to walk quickly and I need to have my voice completely off."
"The kids should be aware that it's a serious situation. The more education you can give a child the better" said Mower County Emergency Management and Safety Coordinator Amy Lammey.
It’s a topic Deborah Cook and her students have been discussing in their classroom.
"Today as a matter of fact one of the students said I don't have a basement. The other students said he should go to the bathroom."
It might be a good tip to build into your *family* tornado plan.
"Tornados usually happen in the afternoon hours when kids are out playing” Mower County’s Amy Lammey said.
“If mom and dad happen to be outside and the kids are inside, let them know in the basement where the safest place is. or vice-versa."
“Our goal is that they take the information just like they would any other educational or academic information out of the school day and share it with family at home" Deborah Cook added.