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Get ready for the statewide tornado drill

Mar 7, 2024

Hoosiers will have the chance to test their tornado preparedness when sirens sound across the state for Indiana’s statewide tornado drill next week. The drill is part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week and will occur at 10:15 a.m. EDT/9:15 a.m. CDT March 12. Indiana University students, faculty and staff on all campuses are encouraged to participate.

Indiana will hold a statewide tornado drill on March 12. Graphic by Cheryl Wagner, Indiana University. Indiana will hold a statewide tornado drill on March 12. Graphic by Cheryl Wagner, Indiana University.

“Drills like this are meant to give us an opportunity to learn and practice at a time when there is no real danger,” said Amanda Roach, university director of Emergency Management and Continuity. “When you get the alert, act as if it were a real severe-weather situation. Talk with those around you about where you would go and what you would do, and then act on those plans.

“Preparing now will benefit us all during an actual emergency.”

When the tornado drill occurs March 12, IU students and employees will receive an IU Notify emergency alert in conjunction with outdoor warning sirens. The event will occur during IU’s spring break, but those in the state should respond as if it were a real situation.

If you’re outside, seek shelter immediately. If you’re indoors, basements, interior hallways on the lower floor or small interior rooms are the best places to go. Stay away from windows and exterior doors, and remain sheltered until the warning expires.

The Protect IU website has more information about tornadoes in Indiana and how to stay safe.

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Mary Keck

Communications Manager, Public Safety

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