Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — It may be hard to imagine under current conditions but this week is Spring Severe Weather Awareness week which began Sunday, March 2 and will run until Saturday, March 8.
According to Rick Hanes, superintendent for Piqua City Schools, in observance of the week, tornado drills had already been underway in many of the buildings over the last few weeks. And all city schools participated in the state-wide drill on Wednesday morning, including students at Nicklin Learning Center who practiced tornado safety at 9:50 a.m. sharp.
For Nicklin kindergarten teacher Miss Gay, her 23 students along with all the other dozen classes, hunkered down in the school hallways with heads tucked to the floor, hands wrapped around the back of their necks after the alarm sounded.
“We discuss weather all the time,” explained Miss Gay of daily weather observance lessons performed each morning. “Since spring is coming we’ve been talking about the severe weather coming up.” She had also prepared her students beforehand on the state-wide tornado drill, including staying quiet and putting their heads down in case of an emergency.
While Miami County was part of the state-wide drill some areas did not hear tornado sirens at the appointed 9:50 a.m. observance schedule including the city of Piqua.
The Miami County Emergency Management Agency Management and Communications Center was looking into the cause after the failure, with sirens to be (re)tested at the usual monthly appointed time next Wednesday.
As severe weather awareness week wraps up, National Flood Safety Awareness Week will be held from March 16-22.
For more information visit www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.
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