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Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 1-7, 2015!

tornadoThe Newton-Conover City School District realizes that you value your student’s education and safety while he/she is at school. Each year, N-CCS partners with North Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service to conduct a tornado drill during the school day to practice procedures to keep your child(ren) safe when severe weather threatens.

All Newton-Conover Schools will be participating in the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 4, at or around 9:30 a.m.

North Carolina is an active tornado and severe thunderstorm state, and these weather events can occur quickly with little notice. March 1 – 7 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week, so this is an excellent time to review your existing emergency plans with your family and practice tornado drills at home.

Last year, the state experienced 36 tornadoes and 686 severe thunderstorms. While most of these generally occur in the spring or fall, North Carolina has seen tornadoes as early as January.

When preparing for severe weather situations, remember the following safety tips:

  • Know the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible. WARNING means a tornado has been spotted; take shelter immediately.
  • Know where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room away from windows. Go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado.
  • If driving, leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.
  • If outdoors and there is no shelter available, take cover in a low-lying flat area. Watch out for flying debris.
  • Following a storm, wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves when walking on or near debris, and be aware of exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Be aware of damaged power or gas lines and electrical systems that may cause fires, electrocution, or explosions.

The free ReadyNC mobile app helps you be ready for any type of emergency with real-time traffic and weather conditions, open shelters, and a list of items needed in an emergency supplies kit.

It is important to be prepared for any type of severe weather. Using the tips above will help students, parents, and school staff be ready for the unpredictable weather found in the N-CCS area. For more information about tornado and severe weather safety policies, go to www.nccs.k12.nc.us. For more tips about tornado or severe weather preparedness, go to www.ReadyNC.org.

Your child’s safety is N-CCS’s primary concern. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school administration or Mrs. Robin Rudisill, N-CCS Director of Facilities, Maintenance, and Safety at 828-464-3191.

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