Richmond Co. students learn about tornado safety


News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, May 21, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Ms. André's class is learning a lot of things today, and while reading is one of them, it's not the only thing these kids will learn today. They're learning about tornadoes and safety because of the tragedy that happened in Oklahoma Monday.

The tornado killed nine children and destroyed two elementary schools. While nothing can guarantee safety, drills like the one students practice at Lamar-Milledge definitely help save lives.

However, they don't just practice a tornado drill with all grades, they also have a safety action plan for the whole school.

Tamarah Bing has worked at the school for six years. She says the plan is updated twice a year and includes class rosters, parent contacts and local agencies that can help in the moment of tragedy, but that's not the only thing the plan contains.

"We have the LME yearbook and this is used identify students just in case a student is missing," Bing said.

Bing says blueprints like this make it easier to navigate trough any type of crisis.

"It helps us to be prepared for anything -- any type of emergencies that happen," she said.

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