Preparing for Severe Weather

'Code Blue' is the clue for teachers at Northeast Elementary School to take emergency precautions and that's just what they did as part of a tornado drill on Wednesday.

The students there were among thousands of others throughout the twin states who took part in the drills as part of Fall Severe Awareness Weather Day for Mississippi and Alabama.

"One of our priorities here at Northeast Elementary is the safety of our students and this is one way we can ensure that every child at our school is safe," said principal Teri Edwards.

Safety is what officials with the National Weather Service says residents must remember when it comes to tornadoes.

"We have two tornado seasons actually in Mississippi and Alabama," said John Baxter of the National Weather Service. "As a matter of fact, November is the second highest month of occurence for tornadoes in Mississippi."

As for tornadoes during this time of year, Baxter says they can be just as deadly as those during the spring. That's why he says new improvements to the system which serves both east Mississippi and west Alabama are so important.

In case of an emergency, a more precise alarm is set off. In case of a tornado, officials remind residents to stay on the lowest level of a building, go into interior rooms, such as bathrooms or closets that do not have windows, and get out of all cars or mobile homes.

They say by following these tips you greatly increase your chances of truly weathering the storm.

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