From Hurricanes Florence and Michael to winter storms, the past few months in North Carolina weather has been hectic. While many people are looking forward to sun-filled days and counting down the days to spring break, severe weather season is here and now is the time to prepare. To encourage North Carolinians to prepare and practice safety plans, March 3-9 was designated as Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
We are committed to your child's safety at Socrates Academy. In order to ensure that our staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency, we practice emergency drills here on campus. It is in accordance with state law that we run these practice drills:
Socrates Academy participated in the annual statewide tornado drill Wednesday, March 6, at 9:00 a.m. This is the second tornado drill the school has completed this year. In addition to these drills, fire drills are practiced monthly, and we participated in one school lockdown drill on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 of which you already received notification.
§ 115C-105.49. School safety exercises. (a) At least once annually, each local school administrative unit shall require each school under its control to hold a full school-wide tabletop exercise and drill based on the procedures documented in its School Risk Management Plan (SRMP).
Severe weather involves a variety of weather conditions, such as lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding. These conditions can strike at any time and develop so rapidly, that advance warnings may be impossible. It is critical for students to know what to do both at school and home, so emergency officials encourage families to use the following safety tips:
Discuss family emergency plans and where to go if tornadoes or severe thunderstorms threaten. (A basement is the best option. If there is no basement, go to the lowest floor of the house to an interior room with no windows, such as a hallway, pantry or closet.)
Put together an emergency supply kit and keep it in a location that is easy to access during an emergency.
Have tornado drills at home. While peak tornado season is in the spring, North Carolina has experienced tornadoes as early as January and as late as November.
Keep NOAA weather radios turned on when there are threats of severe weather in your area.
More information on tornadoes and overall emergency preparedness can be found online at the Mecklenburg County Emergency Management website or at www.ReadyNC.org. You can also download the free ReadyNC mobile app, which provides real-time weather and traffic conditions for all parts of North Carolina.
Take time now to prepare; it could make all the difference.