Local schools take a closer look at emergency plans - CBS46 News

Local schools take a closer look at emergency plans

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FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The tornado in Oklahoma has a lot of educators revisiting emergency plans, if something like that hit here in Georgia.

At Mashburn Elementary School in Forsyth County, the kids are used to disaster drills because they practice them multiple times throughout the year.

Forsyth County Director of School Safety Todd Shirley said they have researched and developed a specific plan for Mashburn Elementary.

"In Forsyth County, we don't believe in cookie cutter plans. Every school has different administration, a different student body. You need to address that and do what's best for that student body," Shirley said.

Once the kids get to their safe spot it's time to get down, and that is something that has recently changed.

"We can tweak and change according to new information that comes out, so we now do backs against the wall and knees into chest which is different than what we did several years ago," said Assistant Principal Jennifer Swaim.

The final step is for kids to turn a book into a helmet.

Once the kids are set, the staff takes a final count and takes cover.

Workers said they know it's not 100 percent safe, but against Mother Nature having a plan is all you can do. It's a plan the kids at Mashburn Elementary know very well thanks to a lot of practice.

"It's something they are very used to. It's not something that is scary to them. They're used to having to practice these drills. If something doesn't go according to plan we will re practice it," Swaim said.

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