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Published June 05, 2013, 04:06 PM

Lake Region schools reexamine emergency preparedness plans

Educators in the Lake Region say the recent tragedies at schools in both Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Moore, Oklahoma have made them reevaluate their emergency plans. That's why staff from ten area schools gathered today at Lake Region State College to learn the latest tips in keeping students safe.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Educators in the Lake Region say the recent tragedies at schools in both Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Moore, Oklahoma have made them reevaluate their emergency plans. That's why staff from ten area schools gathered today at Lake Region State College to learn the latest tips in keeping students safe.

Educators met with school safety experts who say that local schools have good plans in place, they just need to practice them more.

Local teachers say there's a sense of urgency to brush up on emergency procedures after a tornado destroyed an elementary school in Oklahoma. Experts explained the best ways to handle natural disasters like tornados as well as other emergencies, like gunmen and bomb threats. Those experts say even though most schools in the region have emergency plans in place, they won't be as effective unless schools spend more time studying them.

Ken Jarolimek, School Safety Expert: "This is the sharpening of the plan. New people, and new facilities, and in many cases what they're doing is bringing their plans up to date."

Experts say schools should run drills for each emergency scenario two or three times a year. They say that level of preparedness helped teachers in Moore, Oklahoma save more students in the wake of the tornado.

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