(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) Students in St. Joseph took cover as part of today's statewide tornado drill.
Picket fifth grader Sadie Sanders enjoys gym class but is more than happy participate in her school's tornado drill.
She knows it keeps her and her classmates safe in case a true emergency were to happen.
"I like practicing because I feel safe whenever I do it," Sanders said. "I know what to do when if that actually happens."
Participating in drills like this make sure faculty, staff, and students are prepared.
"We want to make sure they are aware of their surroundings and that they understand what to do in an emergency," Picket Elementary Principal John Davidson said. "Every building in the district has a safety plan has a safety team."
Staff on that safety team are not regularly assigned a class, see most of the students daily and communicate with parents on a regular basis.
"I would put all of these kids lives before my own life," teacher Jenny Goss said. "Being the PE teacher I know every single student in the building so my job is to make sure kids get back together with their siblings and get back together with their family in case there was an emergency situation."
After a successful drill, a true emergency will hopefully not be as scary.
"We practice these drills on a regular basis not to scare the kids or staff but to make sure they know the procedures," Davidson said.
In addition to today's drill, Pickett will hold other drills for emergency situations throughout the month and the rest of the school year.