Lamar County schools prepare with statewide tornado drill

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County schools participated in a statewide tornado drill Wednesday at 9:15am. After the sirens sounded, the students filed into the hallway and sat with their backs against the walls, covering their heads.

The drill went smoothly at Purvis Lower School. Tornado drills are done every month to ensure that students and faculty are prepared in the event of severe weather.

"Everything went excellent," said Rita Downs, principal of Purvis Lower Elementary. "The children and the staff did a wonderful job."

Families are encouraged to practice as well. It is critical to have a safe room in your home, an emergency kit, and a plan in case a severe weather warning is issued.

"These drills actually help our students while they're at school, but they take this training home with them," said Steve Rosser, the Director of Public Safety of the Lamar County School District. "These are things that they'll have the rest of their lives. And if they find themselves in a severe weather situation, they'll know what to do."

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