March 1 is the first day of "meteorological spring", even though there's snow on the ground at most of our campuses. But warmer temperatures will arrive, and in Indiana that means the risk of severe weather. Let's talk about severe weather and how you can be more informed about it.
Winter weather can wreak havoc with daily commutes to and from campus. Indiana University students and employees may want to review the tips below in case they find themselves in the unenviable – and scary – position of being stranded in their vehicles amid plunging temperatures and hazardous conditions.
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.