School Talks Tornado Preparation Following Oklahoma Tragedy

Following the disastrous tornado and terrible events in Oklahoma, it's important to remember how to prepare for a tornado.

"Obviously, anytime there are young children involved, you think more about those things and think about our own kids, our own students in our building. So, it just makes you more aware of how blessed we are and makes you really want to be really ready to act in case we were to have an emergency such as that here," said Alvaton Elementary Principal Mark Rathbun.

His school was built to be extra safe.

"Alvaton Elementary was constructed with ICF construction, which is insulated concreted forms, which means all of our exterior walls are solid concrete walls with a layer of foam on the outside and foam on the inside. It provides for a very strong structural building as well as an energy efficient building," said Rathbun.

Rathbun says they have a plan in place to deal with tornadoes and they have drills multiple times a year including right before the tornado season.

"All of our students are in an interior room on the downstairs floor, so they are in a very safe area," said Rathbun.

Many school districts require them to develop a plan and in this case Rathbun said there's no safer place he'd rather be.

"If I were going to be at home or if I were going to be at school, I would rather be in this building at school as far as feeling safe myself," said Rathbun.

And safety is the number one priority for everyone.

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