DENISON, TX - Grayson College has been working to improve its emergency preparedness plan over the last few years, and today students and faculty put that plan to the test with campus-wide severe weather and lockdown drills.
Professor Steve Black and his Arts class knew exactly where to go when they received alerts for a severe weather drill at Grayson College Thursday morning. They took action immediately, relocating to the closest restroom, which is a designated storm shelter area.
The alert system uses emails, classroom computers, outdoor warning sirens, and text messages to get the word out about a possible emergency.
Professor Black says these drills are important--so when a real disaster strikes, students, faculty and staff know what to do.
"We're pretty much in a tornado zone here so its extremely crucial that everybody is aware that there are safe places," said Professor Black.
"When it's not a drill there's a little heightened anxiety and we understand that that's gonna be in a real situation, we're just really proud of them. Every time we do a drill we learn something," said Marketing and public information director Shelle Cassell.
Cassell says thanks to the College's new emergency preparedness plan, now every building has a designated shelter area and they're clearly marked with signs.
After just a few minutes in the shelter area--Professor Black got the "OK" to go back to class.