Students Take Part in Severe Weather Drills

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- While northern Iowans were dealing with a winter storm, central Iowans we were preparing for severe weather.

Outdoor sirens were tested across the state at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. At the same time, many school districts held their own tornado drills to make sure students and staff are prepared.

"The dynamics of weather in Iowa, as we saw today -- lightning last night and 10 inches of snow up north -- we’re familiar with it but there’s children and new families who have never experienced an Iowa spring, summer winter. For them to get that first exposure of having a severe weather plan is an advantage to being part of the Des Moines Public Schools,” said Brian O’Keefe.

“Today’s intent was to provide children with a controlled environment so in the event of an actual emergency they know what the plan is,” said Brian O’Keefe, with the Des Moines Fire Department.

The drill was moved to Thursday due to the threat of actual severe weather earlier this week.

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