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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 2, 2010

Northwest to participate in tornado drill

MARYVILE, Mo. - Northwest will be participating in a tornado drill at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9.

Northwest has annually coordinated with local and state agencies on the drill to test its systems, promote awareness and practice its procedures in the case that a tornado strikes the campus.

During the drill, building employees are encouraged to take action by guiding students and staff to designated shelter areas. Those who are outdoors at the time of the drill should go to the nearest building and following that building's procedures. The drill is expected to last about 15 minutes.

Evaluators will be stationed in campus buildings and outdoors during the drill to observe procedures and responses. Recommendations will then be made to the Northwest Leadership Team.

With storm season around the corner, the University believes this is an excellent opportunity for all students and staff to practice their tornado emergency plans in their classrooms, offices and homes.

"We've tried to be a lot more object with evaluating how well we're doing," Northwest Emergency Coordinator Jerry Wilmes said. "We see this as a great opportunity."

For more information, contact Wilmes at 660.562.1349 or Nodaway County Emergency Coordinator Christy Forney at 660.562.3209.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468