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School safety during tornadoes discussed

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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -

Parents are asking about the safety of the schools in the event of a tornado after the devastation suffered in Moore, Okla.  School and emergency officials insist having kids sheltered in school buildings rather than being picked up is the best solution.

Disaster drills have become commonplace to prepare for violent weather hitting in the middle of the school day.

Of all of the images that have come out of the storms in Moore, Okla., among the most moving are those of parents dealing with the destruction of an elementary school.
 
"I think it's better with them trying to stay in the school being protected, than them trying to get out of that school and it's hitting and taking them up with the tornado," said Teresa Shellnut, a parent in Coweta County.

In 2007, a twister just outside of Newnan destroyed several homes.  
     
"When it started over the horizon we ran in a closet and stayed in there till it passed.  We had a lot of damage to this house, that house and the one over there.  It looked like a bomb had just fell," said Jerri Carter.

Georgia and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials recommend schools shelter students in areas that have no windows and several walls surrounding them to shield students from flying debris.

Both agencies say they also try to keep people, including parents, off the road in a tornado instead of having them pick up their students

The National Weather Service said that Monday's storm posed a unique threat because the type of direct hit the school took.

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