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March 14, 2013

Campus-wide tornado drill on March 27

As part of Indiana's Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Department will be coordinating a campus-wide tornado drill on March 27.

Multiple warning systems will be activated between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The systems that will be activated include the all hazards sirens, intended to warn those outdoors only, and the text messaging layer of the Purdue Alert notification system. Between 7 and 7:30 p.m., the all hazards sirens will sound again without the use of the text messaging alert. If there is inclement weather, the drill will be canceled.

Building deputies and other building leaders are encouraged to take this opportunity to practice their Building Emergency Plans by organizing a shelter-in-place drill. A tornado warning shelter-in-place drill is an excellent way to ensure that building occupants know what to do in an emergency, that there is adequate space in shelter-in-place locations and that weather radios, computers, and other communication devices are functioning properly.

Purdue is located in the county with the highest number of tornado touchdowns in the state, so even if a tornado warning shelter-in-place drill is not possible, building occupants should take a few minutes to review their Building Emergency Plan, to familiarize themselves with where their building's shelter-in-place locations can be found and to review the Severe Weather Tornadoes and Thunderstorm procedures published by Environmental Health and Public Safety. 

Individual consultations will be offered for those interested in organizing a shelter-in-place drill for their buildings. For questions on the tornado drill or for help organizing a shelter-in-place drill for your building, contact Ron Wright, director of university emergency preparedness and planning, at rdwright@purdue.edu or 49-40446.