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Local school re-evaluates tornado safety plan

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

It's been two days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans.  

Even though it's the last week of school for students at A. Brian Merry Elementary School, Principal Elizabeth Schad is not wasting any time preparing for next year's safety plans. 

"When I look at the pictures and the video from Oklahoma, I can't imagine if that happened to my school," said Schad.

The EF-5 tornado that nearly leveled two schools in Oklahoma hits home for educators.

"It's just very tragic because you know we cannot control the weather, all we can do is be as prepared as we can in case of inclement weather," said Richmond County Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey. 

Spivey said in the event of a tornado warning, students are to go into the halls away from the windows and crouch down; however Principal Schad wonders if that is enough.

"Are we taking the kids to the safest place they should be; is once year enough for an annual tornado drill?" said Schad.  

Richmond County requires at least one tornado drill a year but after the destruction in Oklahoma, Schad said she's considering having more than one because you can never be too prepared.

She showed FOX54 the school's designated places and where every classroom has a safety plan posted on the wall in the event of a tornado but she said there are always ways to improve.

"One thing I want to do is to meet with my leadership team prior to the beginning of this next school year and look at the diagram because buildings change and there might be empty rooms that could be utilized for something where last year it wasn't," said Schad.

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