Post courtesy of John Summerlot, emergency management coordinator, IU Emergency Management and Continuity.
On one hand, the decision to issue an IU Notify emergency alert, even if it means waking up many people and their loved ones, is simple – it’s the right call to help students and employees avoid injuries (or worse) resulting from an immediate threat.
On the other hand, it’s complicated.
Indiana's Governor has declared March 16-22, 2014, to be Severe Weather Preparedness Week. While that overlaps with most campus' Spring Break, tornadoes can happen at any time and the university is participating in the statewide tornado drill by conducting “Operation Stormy Weather”.
Temperatures are expected to get below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18C) in the coming days, with wind chills reaching -30F (-34C) so now is a good time to ensure that you are adequately prepared to deal with the cold.
March 1 is the first day of "meteorological spring". For IUEMC that means it's Storm Spotter season! With a class at IUPUI on March 19, let's talk about weather some more.
When I Googled "Should we talk about the weather" to see what song it was from (R.E.M.'s "Pop Song 89"), I stumbled upon something completely unexpected: other countries don't talk about the weather as much as we do.
With each new communications technology, there are efforts to see how it can be used to warn people of danger. The town bell could be used to sound an alarm as well as toll the hour of the day, your tv could switch from showing you cartoons to giving you a weather alert, and IU-Notify can interrupt your dinner to let you know the campus may be about to experience something dangerous.
At least one campus has been closed on Wednesday, December 26, 2012:
UPDATE: IU Bloomington will resume normal operations at 5:00 PM Wednesday December 26, 2012 and will be open for normal operations on Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Campus will be closed at the Bloomington Campus December 26th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM due to severe winter weather.