Severe Weather Drill

You may have heard the emergency sirens sounding across the metro Wednesday but it was just a drill.

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska and Iowa and the sirens were put to the test around 10:15 a.m.

Students at Omaha Public Schools took part in the drill. At Conestoga Magnet School, 6th graders demonstrated what they'll do if severe weather hits.

Each class quickly made their way to a designated area. Experts chose the locations after examining each school and finding the safest place in the middle of the building. Once there, the children get into position.

Roddie Miller, the OPS Administrator for Safety, said, “We want our children to know what to do, how to react, to take the position of duck and hold. We want to be cool, calm and responsive. Absolutely vital to know. A trained response equals survival. That's the bottom line."

Severe Weather Awareness Week happens once year but OPS conducts these drills three times during the school year.


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