Tornado Drill Rescheduled

Aurora, Nebraska tornado of 2009.

Aurora, Nebraska tornado of 2009.

Llolanda Hernandez, Reporter

The tornado drill that would have taken place on March 24, 2016 in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week has been rescheduled to Monday, April 11, 2016. The drill will begin at 10:40 a.m. and will last approximately five minutes to minimize loss of class time.

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 Monday, April 11, there is a plan available on the Northeast website under Risk and Safety Information. Meyer says, “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.