ASU holds tornado drill
Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:22:07 GMT —
Anyone on the Albany State University campus on Tuesday had their classes interrupted by the sound of alarms.
The sound was warning students of an incoming tornado. But it was no real threat it was a drill.
"We wanted to do a test and make sure the faculty, staff, and students know what to do if an actual tornado occurs," said Albany State Police Chief John Fields.
The test that was as real as possible. Many students said they didn't know the drill was coming.
"I was in class, I was in my computer class actually," said Jelisa Calhoun. "A faculty member came in and told us to go to our shelter."
"I was not expecting it because, the last time I had one was in high school. So it took me by storm that people still do that in college," said Natalie Lewis.
Students taking classes in the ACAD Building all filed into the auditorium.
"We all went to the ACAD auditorium which I thought was the best place because I know whenever a tornado does happen you want to get into a closed environment and make sure that no doors are open and there are like walls in between," said Antwan Jackson.
Each building on the ASU campus has a designated place of shelter for students to go to in case of a tornado, but campus police say the main thing they want students to know, or anyone for that matter, is that if a tornado is coming they need to do everything they can to get indoors.
"We're ever you are, if you're walking across the street leaving your dormitory, seek shelter, do not be trying to walk around trying to get to the next shelter or to your class or whatever, you just stop what you are doing and seek shelter," said Chief Fields.
Even a university, little is more important than a lesson that could save your life.
"We all think that it may never happen to us, but as you know a couple of weeks ago we had a tornado warning in Dougherty County. So we've got to plan and plan to train our faculty and staff as to what do when something occurs," said Chief Fields.
"When it does happen we'd know what to do, because if it had happened to do, we wouldn't know. We would think it was like high school where you get in the hallway and duck and cover. I think it's very well needed and it's very good for us to practice things because practice makes perfect," said Lewis.