Northeast Tornado Drill to be held Thursday, March 24

Aurora, Nebraska tornado of 2009.

Aurora, Nebraska tornado of 2009.

Llolanda Hernandez, Reporter

We are going into tornado season and spring is the time that everyone needs to be informed. Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 21-25, 2016. There will be a State of Nebraska tornado drill on Wednesday, March 23. However, Northeast Community College will be holding its own drill on Thursday, March 24 at 10:40 a.m. Mary Meyer, Executive Director of Business Services for Northeast, said, “We are going to have people practice going to any area of refuge that may be designated in a building. If there is not that type of space in a building or enough space for everyone at that particular time then people need to practice getting away from windows, doors, and under heavy tables covering their heads.” Everyone is asked to participate and practice. There will be building coordinators and faculty to help inform and let students know about the drill.

For any students off campus on Thursday, March 24, there is a plan available on the Northeast website under Risk and Safety Information. “I think it’s just really important to do these drills because it helps us know how aware people are of what they should do, where they should go, if that space does not accommodate all the people in the building at that time what the next best situation is, and to ask questions so they are more apt to just act accordingly.” For more information go to this PDF to learn about Emergency Response and Crisis Management Plan.

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