School safety during tornadoes discussed - New York News

School safety during tornadoes discussed

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    SummerStage: you still have time to catch a show

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:22:53 GMT
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
    You've got a few more weeks to enjoy SummerStage, New York's annual performing arts showcase that's 28 years running. But it's not just music: there is dance, comedy, theater, you name it. There are several shows weekly at 14 different parks throughout the five boroughs. A recent show at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park paid tribute to Pete Seeger. Most of the shows are free and are funded by tickets purchased for the some of the bigger acts.
  • NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:14:16 GMT
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
    An educational advocacy group led by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system, filing a lawsuit Monday that alleges that job protections unfairly shield bad teachers. Seven parents of public school children from New York City and Rochester are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Supreme Court in Albany.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:10:52 GMT

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.

    Two deputy U.S. marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with a fugitive sexual assault suspect in the West Village in Manhattan, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street.


Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices