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Indiana’s statewide tornado siren test: What you need to know

Tornado sirens will sound across the state at 10:15 a.m. EDT/9:15 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 14, as part of Indiana’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Indiana University faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the test.

Graphic by Cheryl Wagner, IU Public Safety Graphic by Cheryl Wagner, IU Public Safety

“The statewide tornado drill is a great opportunity for the IU community to practice preparedness for the severe storms that typically occur in Indiana during the spring,” said Benjamin D. Hunter, IU associate vice president and superintendent for public safety. “In Indiana, tornadoes can strike anytime and anywhere, and knowing where to go in your academic building, home, student center or any other place can help you stay safe. I urge our campus communities to participate in this drill and review their plans.”

When the tornado drill occurs March 14, 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 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.

Mary Keck is communications manager for IU Public Safety and Institutional Assurance.