Schools participate in statewide tornado drill

Schools participate in statewide tornado drill

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, schools across the state participated in a tornado drill Wednesday morning.

The drill at 9:15 a.m. coincided with the weekly NOAA weather radio test by the National Weather Service.

The students knew exactly what to do when the drill began. They filed quietly into the hallways, crouched down, and covered their heads.

"We put our heads down and cover our heads so we don't get hurt," said Angel Greene, a student at Woodley Elementary School.

Mississippi is one of the most active states for tornadoes. It's vital to know what to do, whether you're at work, at home, at school, or anywhere in between.

"At the beginning of the year we go over our drills and tell them what to expect," said Michelle Lott, a teacher at Woodley Elementary in Hattiesburg. "We practice in the classroom so they know what to do once we get out there. It's a routine they know to follow."