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   from the issue of March 24, 2005

UNL participates in tornado drill March 30

Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for March 28- April 1. All employees are encouraged to participate in the statewide exercise March 30.


The National Weather Service and Emergency Service Agencies for Lincoln/Lancaster County sponsor the statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week each year to foster awareness of of the upcoming tornado season and to test tornado-warning systems statewide.

The statewide tornado watch/warning test will be the morning of March 30. The simulated watch message will go out over all local radio and TV stations. If this were an actual watch message, it would mean that conditions were right for possible tornado activity and you should remain alert.

The simulated warning will be sounded between 10 and 11 a.m. At that time, the Emergency Services sirens for Lincoln/Lancaster County and the university's Tornado Warning Policy will be activated. The drill will end in 10 minutes.

UNL will participate with Emergency Services for Lincoln/Lancaster County and test its systems when the outdoor sirens are sounded. All faculty, staff and students are requested to familiarize themselves with the locations of their designated shelters and the procedures to follow should UNL be struck by a tornado.

The official UNL Tornado Warning Policy can be found at

The UNL Severe Weather Awareness Presentation and FAQ's can be found at

We understand the disruption that such a drill may cause your classes and work. However, since Nebraska is in the tornado zone, we believe that it is important to join the city and county in their emergency planning exercise. Your cooperation is appreciated.

For more information, contact Colleen Huls at 472-2131.



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