It was a chaotic scene -- a tornado ravaging an Alabama high school -- leaving eight students dead in its wake.
It was a scary scene -- and one that hit home for Kansans used to living in the middle of tornado alley.
The destruction in Alabama begs the question -- are area schools prepared for a tragedy such as this?
The 1988 tornado caused a great deal of damage -- but fortunately, no one was killed.
If such a tragedy were to hit Kansas -- school officials say they're as ready as they can be.
USD 501 communications director Ron Harbaugh says that tornado exercises are drilled into students at a young age.
The school board also formed a emergency crisis management team to deal with anything that could happen.
Weather officials have done their part to help schools prepare.
If severe weather hits, parents can pick up their students, or they can leave them at school.
One thing that can be comforting to parents -- teachers never leave their students' sides.