Saginaw County schools stand prepared for natural disasters

Natural disaster response and preparations are large scale operations involving dozens of agencies. Incident management experts call Saginaw Countyâ??s awareness and preparation above the rest.

"Local resources and how quickly and professionally they deploy and what they practice is going to be, that's going to determine how we survive these incidences," said Critical Incident Management President Thomas Mynsberge.

Michigan schools are required to have basic plans for emergencies. But further training is in their hands.

"Thatâ??s whatâ??s unique about Saginaw County because we have been practicing. Were going to deploy immediately all of our school resources,â?? said Mynsberge.

Schools actively practice where to go when disaster strikes.

"Locker rooms, rest rooms, small rooms like this one that we can squeeze a lot of kids in everybody duck down and hopefully the thing would go over head," said Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. Craig Douglas.

Critical incident management expert tom Mynsberge trains and provides resources for Saginaw County Schools.

"We have a unified response system for all of our schools. Everyone is trained consistently, they do the same procedures," said Mynsberge.

Including educating teachers of how to handle emergencies like a tornado.

"They are basically citizens with extensive training and they are there to help us too," said Mynsberge.

Through training schools like Carrollton hope to protect their students.

"Panic can set in so you have to be so conditioned and so confident that panic is resisted," said Douglas.

"But when things go really awry and it goes bad from there we are ready back them up with resources from everybody behind them,â?? said Mynsberge.

Genesee county schools like Lake Fenton say they have similar programs with local emergency responders designed protect and react to disasters like in Moore, Oklahoma.