Klondike Elementary School takes part in statewide tornado drill

Students at Klondike Elementary School took part in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Hoosiers across all 92 counties will hear tornado sirens go off for the statewide tornado drill. Klondike Elementary School students held their emergency drill to practice safe procedures Tuesday morning.

Teacher Kim Steiner says drills make her students feel more comfortable in case of an emergency. When the sirens went off, the students and staff were in their safe locations within seconds.

“We need to know that everybody knows where to go and everyone knows what to do,” said Steiner.

The first emergency sirens went off in Tippecanoe County around 10:15 Tuesday morning. Klondike Elementary School students, including first-grader Isaac Pluimer responded quickly by moving to the hallways.

“Because there’s no windows out in the hall and if your by a window, that’s not really safe,” Pluimer said.

Steiner said if there was an emergency, her kids are ready.

“You want the kiddos to just be very comfortable with where they go, very comfortable with what they do,” said Steiner.

Students practice emergency drills once a month and the practice has become routine.

“I think if there was a true emergency they would need that routine,” Steiner said, “Like, this is what I do, this is where I go, this is how it works.”

The drill was for schools and businesses to test their practices during an emergency. Tippecanoe County EMA Director Smokey Anderson said we are approaching tornado season and people should be prepared.

“It’s very unlikely for any one home or school that’s ever going to be hit by a tornado, but the consequences could be devastating if it does.”

The drills also test all 72 tornado sirens in Tippecanoe County. Tuesday morning, two sirens did not work. Tonight’s drill is set for approximately 7:30. People can practice emergency procedures at home.