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Campus to participate in statewide tornado drill

March 19, 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Spring weather, while welcomed after winter, also brings with it a threat of severe weather. Indiana University Kokomo will prepare for potential storms by participating in a statewide tornado drill this Wednesday, March 21, as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 18 to 24.

A tornado warning test drill using IU Notify, the campus' emergency notification system, will take place between 10 and 10:30 a.m. for the first test and then again between 7:30 and 8 p.m. for the second.

Roy Tamir, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the recent devastating tornados in southern Indiana show how important it is that everyone on campus is connected to warning systems and knows what to do in case of a weather emergency.

"We have emergency preparedness plans, and it is important to practice them so if we have a real tornado everyone knows where to go," Tamir said. "The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is high priority. If we have a tornado, we want everyone on campus to be in the safest place possible."

Because the tests are statewide, alerts also will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio and local media. The outdoor warning sirens and public address systems also will be tested at both times.

All members of the campus community should review severe weather communications and shelter plans for their respective buildings before the test on March 21.

Faculty, staff, and students should review, verify, update and add contact information to IU Notify through OneStart, at onestart.iu.edu. For more information, contact David Selby, chief of police, at dselby@iuk.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/14/2014