Natural Disaster – Tornado Hits School Bus
An amazing story of a school bus driver’s handling of what could have been a horrible outcome has surfaced along with tornado footage from inside her school bus. Angel Perry isn’t hailed a hero in the article or video clip below, but undoubtedly should be.
A natural disaster can occur with little notice, and that was the case in Henryville, Indiana on the day Ms. Perry was returning 11 children home from school. The way Ms. Perry handled herself and communicated with her young passengers was incredibly well handled, from the way she delivered instructions to the relaxed tone in her voice as not to cause panic – crisis communication can come in all forms I suppose.
Ms. Perry’s ability to remain calm allowed her to make a critical decision – to turn back to the school to take cover from the tornado, and as you’ll see from the camera video from inside the bus, it was a good one. Even while navigating traffic, making difficult decisions and keeping her passengers calm, Ms. Perry had the wherewithal to have them count off so she knew on exit how many she needed to get off the bus when the time came – listen for it at the end of the video.
Hats off to Ms. Perry.
Video footage and story can be viewed here.
Bus Camera Catches Driver’s Heroics As Tornado Bears Down
Henryville Bus Driver Makes Last-Minute Decision To Go Back To School
HENRYVILLE, Ind. — Dramatic video from a Henryville school bus captured the heroic actions of a driver as she rushed her young passengers to safety as a tornado bore down.
The video, released Thursday, documents the frantic minutes before a massive tornado hit in Henryville on March 2, destroying the high school.
Bus driver Angel Perry was three miles from the school with 11 elementary children on board when reports of a funnel cloud were broadcast over the radio.
“I stopped the bus for a second, put my hands down and said, ‘Dear Lord, what do I do?’” Perry recalled.
That’s when she sprang into action, turning the bus around to head back to school and reassuring her young passengers.
“A tornado is on the ground guys. Quiet! The tornado is on the ground,” Perry can be heard saying in the video. “If you got a book to put over your head, do it. Get in the middle.”