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Governor Crist Participates in Statewide School Tornado Drill

Hazardous Weather Awareness Week: Students participated in the National Weather Service's tornado simulation presentation.

by / February 16, 2007
Governor Charlie Crist visited Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School in St. Petersburg to participate in the statewide tornado drill. The drill is part of Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, which educates Floridians and visitors about the importance of being prepared for all weather hazards. Governor Crist was joined by Bay Vista principal Kris Sulte; Ben Nelson, state meteorologist; and a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

"The storms in Central Florida earlier this month and on Christmas Day touched many lives and served as a warning to all Floridians," said Governor Crist. "In schools statewide this morning, students are practicing what to do if a tornado strikes. Knowing how to be safe could save lives."

Before the tornado drill, Governor Crist visited teacher LisShell Tegarden's third-grade class to observe a tornado-awareness lesson and then participated in the National Weather Service's tornado simulation presentation. During the morning's activities, tornado safety information was emphasized.

"As the State Emergency Response Team continues to work side by side with local and federal officials, we want to remind survivors of the recent tornadoes that assistance is available to help them on the long road to recovery," said Governor Crist.

Photo courtesy of NOAA

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