How safe are Wis. children if a tornado were to hit?

CREATED May 21, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It was a deadly two-mile long tornado that ripped through Oklahoma and killed nine children. It knocked down homes and stores and schools. But how safe are our children if a tornado were to hit?

The biggest school districts in Wisconsin tell Today’s TMJ4 that children are safe if a tornado were to hit. Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Kenosha took part in a state-wide tornado drill just a few weeks ago.

“I feel the teachers do a great job keeping my kids safe here” explains Kenosha parent Jessica Bezotte. “I have three children who go here. They always put the kids first. There are places for them to go here.”

Bezotte's children go to Forest Park Elementary in Kenosha. She knows when the weather gets bad, her kids head to places like the gym, restrooms, and basement.

The book room is considered one of the safe places at the school. It’s safe because it’s not near any windows and it’s not near any gas lines.

Milwaukee, Waukesha and Kenosha School Districts also have national weather service radios and work closely with fire and police departments to stay ready.

“We try to be as best-prepared as possible,” claims Tonya Ruder of the Kenosha School District. “It’s one of those situations where until the unknown occurs, you do your best to prepare the children.”

Bezottea adds that while tornadoes aren’t common, she’s confident in how the school will handle the emergency.

“I live right across the street from this school. I could be here in an instant. But I feel the school is prepared, ” supports Bezotte.

All the school districts practice tornado drills every year. Kenosha and Waukesha hold theirs twice a year.