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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Students at Assumption High School prepared for the worst on Wednesday as they took part in a tornado drill.
Downed wires, high winds in the hallways, and damage to the school building were all simulated.
The drill at Assumption High School began with the tornado alarm, letting students know they needed to move to evacuation areas. Students were ducking down in the hallways before moving into the gym.
There, they had to figure out who was missing, so mock searchers and rescuers could find the other students. The school tried to make the drill as real as possible, putting obstacles in the hallways along with downed electrical wires. Some students even pretended to be injured.
The school says it has drills, including intruder simulations, all the time, but larger drills such as Wednesday's are performed only every couple of years.
After each drill, students and staff learn what they need to work on, as Principal Becky Henle explains: "Mainly communication, because we are fairly large and we have so many different areas of the building. And that's something we have to be very deliberate about, is making sure we are communicating accurately, effectively, and efficiently."