Statewide tornado drill is March 28

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Statewide tornado drill is March 28

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will participate in a statewide tornado drill conducted by the National Weather Service between 10 and 11 a.m. March 28.

As long as no actual severe weather is occurring or expected, a simluated “tornado watch” will be issued at approximately 10 a.m. A “tornado warning” will be issued as part of the drill between 10 and 10:30 a.m.

The test warning will be sent through all communication channels normally used for severe weather alerts, including: public alert/weather radios; outdoor warning sirens; indoor voice amplification systems; and UNL Alert, the university’s mass notification system. All messages will be identified as being part of the drill.

Nebraska students, faculty and staff are asked to participate and familiarize themselves with the locations of designated shelters and with tornado warning procedures.

Mark Robertson, emergency preparedness coordinator for University Police Department, said the drill is necessary to test campus emergency communications systems and procedures.

Information about tornado procedures and related policies are available online.

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