ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—As severe weather was moving into the wiregrass, Enterprise High School’s administrative staff made sure the school’s three storm shelters were working properly.
After the tragedy of the 2007 tornado destroying the “old” Enterprise High School and claiming eight student lives, “bad weather” is taken extremely seriously and student safety overrides everything else.
Enterprise High Band Director, Sean Weiler, checks the storm doors leading to the three shelters. They are located in the band room, the choral room,
and the school’s J-ROTC building.
In the event that these rooms need to be converted into shelters, it’s a quick turnaround.
The new school was built with “safety” in mind for students and faculty.
Weiler says “We let them know when we have days like this when we know there is a situation coming into town. The kids are aware of it and have a good understanding of what we need to do for the day.”
Mike Gurspan says “Enterprise High Principal Stan Sauls was a history teacher on March First, 2007 when the fatal tornado struck the old high school.”
“We’re constantly watching the weather reports on the news channels and communicating with the central office and using whatever we can for information to make sure we put students in a safe location in a timely manner”, according to Sauls.
Following the 2007 killer tornado, schools throughout Alabama and much of the country are now built with “safe rooms” or “shelters” to protect the lives of students and faculty.