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RLML will be conducting tornado drills tomorrow 3/20 as part of Operation Stormy Weather

Mar
2014
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posted by Jason Lilly | |

operation_stormy_weather.jpgRLML will be participating in tornado drills as part of the campus wide Operation Stormy Weather on Thursday, March 20th from 10:00am to 10:30am and 7:30pm to 8:00pm.  Please see the message below from IU Notify for further details.

 

IUPUI Alert! With spring and the threat of severe weather right around the corner, Indiana University campuses will participate in a statewide tornado drill on March 20th (Thursday) as part of Indiana's Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 16th – 22nd. Each campus will activate a Tornado Warning Test/Drill using IU-Notify, the university's emergency notification system, between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. EDT for the first drill and between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. for the second, both coinciding with the statewide/county tornado siren drill. In the event of real severe weather conditions, the drill will be postponed until Friday, March 21st at the same times. Messages will be sent to IU faculty, staff and students across the state via e-mail, text message (SMS), social media, digital signage, campus cable TV and website updates.

 

This test of IU-Notify and corresponding full-scale Tornado drill is part of "Operation Stormy Weather," a university campaign to raise awareness of preparedness and safety procedures during severe weather season. Previous IU-Notify tests have shown that phone calls generally are not a timely way to alert recipients to a tornado, so they will not be part of this drill. To mimic the real world procedures for Tornado Warnings, a second alert will be sent to indicate the ALL CLEAR. The IU-Notify messages will be clearly marked as a drill, and university websites will alert campus communities in advance of what to expect. Because the tests are statewide, alerts also will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio and local media. The outdoor warning sirens and public address systems also will be tested at both times. "Operation Stormy Weather" is designed to encourage faculty, staff and students to be prepared for the downside of spring: tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, which can include damaging winds, hail, lightning and flooding. All members of the IU community should review severe weather communications and shelter plans for their respective buildings before the drill on March 20th. We fully realize that many campuses are on Spring Break during this drill, but tornadoes can happen at any time, so doing the test is imperative for those personnel who will remain on campus and in the state during these statewide drills.

 

What to do before and during the drills:

 

BEFORE:

• Locate the building evacuation plans in all the buildings you typically use. Tornado shelters are indicated by a tornado funnel cloud symbol.

• If you have access or functional needs, please determine the best solution for your situation to get to an appropriate Tornado safe location.

• All members of the IU community are expected to follow tornado procedures as if this was a real tornado warning by seeking shelter when notification is received, whether that is via sirens or IU-Notify alerts.

 

DURING:

• Remain in the shelter location until you or others in the location receive the IU-Notify All Clear alert.

• When IU-Notify messages are delivered, recipients should be sure that those around them are aware of the message in case they are not subscribed to IU-Notify. They should check to see if anyone in their vicinity needs assistance in following severe weather procedure.

• Please note the time you receive the alerts from IU-Notify, including if you saw them on digital signs or campus websites. Your feedback is very important and helps the university better protect you should the system need to be activated in an emergency. You will have the opportunity to share your feedback through a short survey linked to the IU-Notify test email.

• Also be certain that those people from other countries -- who may be used to a siren signaling a tsunami -- know what the siren means in the United States.

• We urge all members of the IU community to participate in this important preparedness drill and consider practicing your family drill in your homes during the evening test. We appreciate your cooperation. As we saw in southern Indiana, seconds count in a tornado and knowing and practicing what to do and where to go could save your life.

• Lab procedures – if you’re working in a lab or conducting another critical function that cannot be interrupted (i.e. dentistry procedure) and can’t seek shelter during this drill, the persons who cannot seek shelter during the drill should take a few minutes to review the procedures and know where you would have gone to seek shelter, and those procedures should be discussed with anyone else in the vicinity. If this were a real tornado warning, you would be expected to proceed to a designated tornado shelter location.

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