Statewide tornado drill today, Pitt Co. Schools participating

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Pitt County Schools is recognizing North Carolina’s severe weather preparedness week by participating in the statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning.

The statewide tornado drill happened at 9:30 a.m. with students at many schools moving into hallways, crouched down with their heads tucked in.

Pitt County Emergency Management Director Randy Gentry says the crouching position is meant to protect people’s heads from flying debris if a tornado touched down.

According to the National Weather Service, the last major tornado in North Carolina was in July.

The storm significantly damaged the Rocky Mounty Pfizer Facility, leading it to shut down for almost two months.

Gentry says drills like the ones done today keep people prepared in the event of an emergency.

”Now, is the time to prepare before the storm, before the warnings, before the watches. Go ahead and have in your mind what you can do and what you should do,” says Gentry. “Talk to your family and the people that you live with and go ahead and devise a plan of what you’ll do, where you’ll go, and where you’ll reunite after a storm event.”