On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF-5 tornado which killed 161 people and injured thousands of residents. This tornado sparked region-wide awareness of the impact tornadoes can have on a community. Since then, districts in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas have spent or proposed money for construction to build safe rooms for schools. More than $100 million has been spent on the creation and completion of these safe rooms. In Joplin alone, there are 10 community shelters that have opened in the past year, and another four shelters are set to open later this year.
The community is welcoming the addition of these safe rooms with open arms, but more is needed to be prepared in the unfortunately likely event of another tornado strike. To prepare schools, the PublicSchoolWORKS Tornado Safety staff training course gives administrators and educators the tools needed to prepare for a tornado and how to act if one occurs. This 25-minute course describes tornado weather clues, details on what to do when preparing for and experiencing a tornado at school, and what to do after a tornado.
Email us if tornado training is something you could use in your district.