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Feb. 27, 2014
Northwest Missouri State University, along with the National Weather Service, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and local emergency management offices, will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, as part of Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 3-7.
Northwest encourages campus-wide participation in the drill, and instructors are encouraged to take a few minutes during their classes to discuss preparedness and shelter locations in their buildings.
“Even though winter is still flexing its muscle in our area and across the region, the spring severe weather season is quickly approaching,” said Lt. Mike Ceperley, emergency management coordinator at Northwest. “This is the time to begin thinking about the impacts that spring and summer severe weather can bring and how to be prepared when faced with any events Mother Nature sends our way. This is an opportunity for all of us to refresh ourselves on our severe weather policies, procedures, shelter locations, how we communicate and how we educate those around us.”
When Northwest students and employees hear broadcast drill messages or outdoor warning sirens, they should practice seeking shelter. The safest shelter location is an interior room without windows in the lowest level of a building.
Severe weather procedures are posted prominently in campus offices and throughout each building on the Northwest campus.
The statewide drill is expected to last about 15 minutes. The Bearcat Alert text system also will be tested.
In addition to the statewide drill, Northwest tests its warning system at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, weather permitting. Any deployment of the warning system outside of that time should be considered an actual emergency and immediate action should be taken.
Missouri’s Stormaware.mo.gov website includes detailed videos showing how to take shelter in specific types of buildings – such as houses with and without basements, mobile homes and schools – as well as important information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios. The site also includes links to free severe weather texting services that can alert people across Missouri to upcoming severe weather.
For more information about how to better prepare for severe weather on the Northwest campus, contact the University Police Department at 660.562.1254 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/police/.
For more information Severe Weather Awareness Week in Missouri, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=severeweek.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
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