Story by Zaviana James
On Valentine’s Day, love was not the only thing flowing through campus. The campus experienced another event: a tornado drill. Some students may have not experienced a tornado drill since high school, so this drill was unexpected.
A lot of schools have safety drills to take precautions if an unexpected event occurred. Oklahoma weather tends to be unpredictable; one day you could be inside drinking hot cocoa the next you are outside playing with your dog. As the spring season is coming up in Oklahoma tornadoes are a possibility, this drill was very helpful.
Joedon Hughes, coordinator of safety and security for the campus, is making sure everyone is safe this upcoming season. “It is very important to have students, staff and faculty go through the procedures because it builds a point of reference that can be relied on if an incident, such as a tornado, does occur,” Hughes said.
Drills around campus are not common and drills like this past one have not happened in a while. Hughes said this is because campus officials have focused on improving campus preparation, response and recovery in active shooter related scenarios. According to Hughes, there may not be a campus-wide drill again until next spring.
“I plan on continuing to reach out to members of the campus community to provide building or area specific training, drills and evaluation,” Hughes said.
A place for drills and safety training could be very helpful for students and staff in case of a weather emergency. Faculty and students need to be prepared for whatever could happen, whether it is severe weather or an active shooter, these drills will help us all prepare. Everyone should take these drills serious, and remember the information in case anything does happen.
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.