Creighton University must be prepared for a variety of emergency situations and exercising a test is essential to effective crisis planning. With the threat of severe weather increasing over the spring and summer months, the campus will hold a tornado drill in conjunction with the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On Wednesday, April 8 at 10:10 a.m., Douglas County sirens will sound across the city and a test CUAlert will be issued to communicate a tornado warning situation. Students, faculty and staff will be asked to take appropriate action, including going to the nearest shelter area. We anticipate the entire exercise will last about 10 minutes. The hospital, medical and dental clinics will not participate in the test as they already have their own emergency drills in place.
A tornado preparedness fact sheet has been prepared and communication is being sent to community members on what to do if such an incident occurs. Creighton community members are also reminded to sign up for CUAlert, our emergency notification system, at http://www.creighton.edu/cualert/.
Following the exercise, we will evaluate our efforts, ask for your insight via a web-enabled survey, and make adjustments as necessary to our preparedness activities.