Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


January 21, 2014

Battling ice, snow, schools run drills for tornadoes


Small, interior rooms with low ceilings are generally considered the safest places for students to take shelter during a severe storm. All four DCCS schools, he added, have plenty of space for students that fit the aforementioned description.

DCCS recently named Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Deputy Rob Duckworth its school resource officer, a position whose salary is funded by a state grant.

Duckworth’s job includes continually working with the district to make sure emergency plans are up-to-date and as efficient and inclusive as possible. He will also attend conferences and do continual training to help remain current of school safety.

“Our safety plans are constantly reviewed and assessed and changed,” Budd said. “We’re making changes to them right now, as we speak. We are committed to doing everything we possibly can to remain educated and up-to-date when it comes to keeping our kids safe.”

Two years ago, Greensburg schools dodged a bullet, when the severe weather nearly forced officials to cancel the sectional event, Hunter said. As it was, the event was delayed by 90 minutes because Lawrenceburgh officials waited that long before they released their students to head toward Greensburg.

And while Copple said that everyone hopes to avoid a repeat of a situation during this year's sectional, everyone also wants to make sure that if severe weather comes, local schools are prepared.

At the same time, Hunter said, if an F5 tornado roars through the area, few, if any buildings in the city, will be able to withstand its wrath.

Contact: Boris Ladwig 812-663-3111 x7401,; Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011,

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