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MEMA director Latham in Petal for statewide tornado drill

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Students at Petal Elementary School sit facing the wall with their hands covering their heads during a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning. Students at Petal Elementary School sit facing the wall with their hands covering their heads during a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Robert Latham was at Petal Elementary School Wednesday to take part in a statewide tornado drill. 

Dozens of schools, hospitals and businesses across the state also participated in the exercise, which began at 9:15 a.m. and lasted just a few minutes.

The drills are held twice a year to stress the importance of being prepared for tornados.

"This week, we're focusing on tornado preparedness and it just so happens, we have the potential for severe weather tomorrow," said Latham. "So, I think this is important, not only in this area, but in every part of the state as we enter November, which is the second highest peak season for tornados in Mississippi," he said.

"We practice regularly the tornado drill, at least monthly," said Kelli Brown, principal of Petal Elementary School. "And we try to do it at different times through the day, so if the students are not in their regular place, they have a chance to practice in a variety of classes," she said.

Officials from the National Weather Service and Forrest County Emergency Management also participated.

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