“One thing that’s a huge help is our direct line to the National Weather Service, I’ve already used this to track a storm during football season,” Brown said. “Lightning can be just as dangerous as a tornado, if not more so.”
Additionally, Brown said, the certified plan fleshes out both class time and after hours scenarios including sporting and performance events.
“Spring is a very busy time for the district. From the elementary to the high school level, there are a lot of school year-ending events, so it’s especially important to stay weather aware during that time,” Brown said.
For all the planning and certification process, the overall reward is a safer district in the next weather event.
“Hopefully, the certification gives parents and students more peace of mind, knowing the schools are prepared,” Smith said. “We want everyone to be ready, and those who have a plan in place fare much better when events happen.”