March 15, 2018

Campus-wide tornado drill on Tuesday (March 20); tornado awareness classes set

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office will conduct a campus-wide voluntary tornado drill at approximately 10:15 a.m. Tuesday (March 20).

The test is part of the National Weather Service’s “Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 18-24),” as designated by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb. The National Weather Service, in conjunction with statewide agencies, will test communication systems around the state.

As part of Purdue’s test, multiple warning systems will be activated at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. The systems that will be activated include the All Hazard Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens (intended to warn those outdoors only), text messaging, Twitter (@purdueemergency), desktop popup alert, alert beacon activation, some digital signs and the Boiler TV Emergency Alerting System layers of the Purdue Alert notification system. More information on the voluntary drill can be found on the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office’s website

If there is any chance of severe weather anywhere in Indiana that day, the special test will be postponed to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday (March 21).

Building deputies and other building leaders are encouraged to take this opportunity to practice and test their building emergency plans by organizing a shelter-in-place drill. Such a drill is designed to: ensure building occupants know what to do in an emergency, ensure that there is adequate space in shelter-in-place locations and test the functionality of weather radios, computers and other communication devices.

Purdue is located in a county with the highest number of reported 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. They should also familiarize themselves with their building’s shelter-in-place locations and review the severe weather tornadoes and thunderstorm procedures published by Purdue’s Environmental Health and Public Safety office. Click here for more information. 

Individual consultations are available for those interested in organizing a shelter-in-place drill for a building. For questions on the tornado drill or for help organizing a shelter-in-place drill for a building, contact Ron Wright, director of university emergency preparedness and planning, at or 765-494-0446.

Additionally, three free tornado awareness workshops will be offered from 10-11 a.m. on both March 22 and March 28 in the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center’s Boilermaker Room. A session also is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. April 12 at the Purdue Police Department's Terry Conference Room, 205 S. Martin Jischke Drive. To register, contact Tempess Williams at 765-494-1424. Direct questions to Ron Wright, director of university emergency preparedness, or Tom Cooper,

Contacts: Ron Wright, 765-494-0446,

Tom Cooper, 765-494-1432,

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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