A statewide emergency tornado drill sounded off in schools across the east Friday morning.
Students and staff from Pactolus School in Pitt County used this practice drill to conclude severe weather awareness week.
This school has been through the real deal though.
Last year, a storm that produced at least one other tornado, actually blew past their school.
The Principal, Doctor Joseph Nelson, says he saw two tornado's that afternoon and immediately got students out of harms way.
He says thanks to these drills they're able to teach kids about safety, in a calm manner, so they're prepared if there's a real event.
Doctor Nelson says they've improved their plan of action, by putting all the staff in bright orange vests, so they're visible to emergency personal, plus teachers have the student roster on their badges so they can account for every child.