From time to time, we see references in a school crisis plan for a staff member to be assigned to go to the roof or and outdoor area of the school to watch for approaching tornadoes when a tornado watch is announced. An obvious question for us then becomes, “have these designated staff members attended a training session in tornado spotting?
We think this type of training is also a good idea for all school staff who work outdoors during the day supervising students or performing maintenance work. School officials can contact their local or state emergency management agency to learn more about this type of training. Tornado preparedness is a key school safety concern in many regions of the United States.