Bill to Require Tornado Drills in Schools

A reported 65 tornados touched down in Nebraska in 2013.

"We are in the vast minority of states were tornados actually occur, and there is no policy that schools are prepared for them," said State Senator John Murante.

Murante wants to change that. On Thursday he introduced a bill that would require schools to conduct three tornado drills a year.

"We all know that at some point there is going to be a tornado warning when school is in session, and we need to make sure that our kids are prepared and that our administrators are prepared to deal with that situation," said Murante.

The North Platte high school does have a crises plan in place, they practice tornado drills once a year.

"Usually every teacher knows where they are going, and takes there students to the proper location," said Principal Mike Brownawell.

Though Brownawell says their students are prepared for a natural disaster, more practice would be better.

"You never want to see a hurt student a fatality, nothing like that in a crises, you just want them to be safe,” said Brownawell.

Senator Rick Koloski is co-sponsoring this measure.

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