Be prepared 

Schools participate in city-wide tornado drills today.

March 23, 2010

There is a common, mistaken, belief that due to its proximity to Lake Michigan and the buildings that make up the City’s skyline, that a tornado could not strike the City of Chicago. 


To ensure that students and staff are prepared in case a tornado or severe thunderstorm hits our area, all schools are participating in a city-wide tornado drill this week.


At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, Chicago Public Schools, in cooperation with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, will participate in a city-wide tornado drill.


During the normal time that alert sirens are tested (each month), schools will execute a shelter-in-place drill and evacuate to interior safe locations, as if a real tornado had been spotted and was approaching the City. 


Schools will also take this time to review their emergency management plans and test their public alert radios.


CPS recommends community residents take the same precautions too. Use this week to talk with your family about safe places in your home and make sure you have flashlights, battery operated radios, and plenty of rechargeable batteries on hand just in case power is lost during a storm. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide detectors.


Learn more about our Safety and Security programs.