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Tornado Awareness Be Prepared!

Tornado awareness at Creighton UniversityCreighton University participates in an annual tornado drill each spring. On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 the University will focus its attention on campus tornado safety procedures. This event coincides with Douglas County’s annual day to test sirens and to raise the community’s awareness for tornado preparedness.

What’s happening on March 23?

The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning. A warning is in effect when a tornado has been sighted or detected by radar.

Creighton University will conduct a tornado drill 10:35 a.m. Public Safety will issue a Creighton Alert and students, faculty and staff are expected to take shelter in designated areas.

Douglas County’s Emergency Management Agency will activate civil defense sirens to test their operability at approximately 10:10 a.m. It is important to note that warning sirens are only intended to be heard outdoors, not inside a building.

Your role during the drill

Participating in the drill will help you know what to do in the event of a real tornado warning. Our goal is to have everyone respond to the drill at 10:35 a.m. and assemble at designated shelter areas by 10:45 a.m.


  • Review what to do in the event of a tornado warning using the information presented here.
  • Designate your preferred way for Creighton Alert to contact you and encourage your students to do so as well.
  • If you are teaching at that time the warning is issued, explain to students what is happening and lead them to the appropriate shelter areas. A complete list of shelter areas is available at


  • Familiarize yourself on what to do if a tornado happens using the information presented here.
  • Designate your preferred way for Creighton Alert to contact you and encourage others to do so as well.
  • If you work in an area where students reside or are gathered, lead them to the shelter area.
  • If you are in your offices or at other locations on campus, let your colleagues and visitors know about the drill and seek shelter.


  • Follow faculty and staff guidance or proceed to the closest designated shelter.
  • Sign up for Creighton Alert and encourage others to do so as well. Assist individuals who may need help in reaching shelter areas. Once you have reached a shelter area, you have completed the drill and may resume campus activities.

During an actual Tornado Warning

  • Interrupt class, meetings or other activities.
  • Direct students, staff and visitors to the nearest designated shelter area.
  • Remain in the shelter area until an all-clear has been issued on the radio or television.
  • If you are outdoors, go indoors to the lowest level of a building.
  • If you are outdoors and unable to seek shelter, lie flat in a ditch or low spot and cover your head with your hands.

Important preparations for a Tornado Emergency

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