Ohio schools say they’re ready for twisters

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On June 5, 2010, the local high school was destroyed when a tornado tore through the area, killing seven people. Lake High School classes were held elsewhere while a new building was designed and built. It opened last year with features to help protect it.

“We’ve got some reinforced walls. The deck is thicker than most buildings are. We’ve tried to take precautions to make it sturdier, especially in the middle. But we’ve also found out that nothing — nothing — is absolutely tornado-proof,” Lake Superintendent Jim Witt said.

But Lake leaders — as well as many other school officials across the area — remain confident that existing plans will help keep students and staff safe in the event of a tornado. Some other local school districts have chosen to re-evaluate their emergency preparedness as a result of the destruction of Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools in Oklahoma. Seven students were killed at Plaza Towers.

For students in the Perrysburg Public Schools, following state requirements for tornado drills is commonplace. Superintendent Tom Hosler said the district would move students to safer areas in the event of a tornado.

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