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.
I’ve not been long acquainted with emergency management. But I’ve seen enough to know that “being prepared” (yes, go check the batteries in your flashlight) is not a mantra meant only for you and me.
Emergency-management and first-responder types believe in what they preach and are armed with a system that can be applied to an incident of any kind, inflicted by nature or mankind. They practice, practice, practice. To mitigate disaster becomes second nature, to bring order to chaos, nearly instinctual. It’s all part of the plan.
Entry: November 12, 2012
Helicopters will be intermittently flying over IU Bloomington on Sunday, Oct. 7th. They will use infrared technology to identify the condition of building roofs on campus which will be used for repair/replacement planning purposes. They will fly twice, during the daylight hours and at night.
Flu shots, anyone? Better think seriously about getting one. As usual, new strains of the virus have evolved. They’ve debuted a little early this season, and are making the rounds. One of the new flu bugs – H3N2 -- can be particularly nasty.
The main concern of public health people this year rests upon a good thing. Last year’s flu season turned out to be mild, causing a record-low number of hospitalizations according to USA Today. Why should that be a problem? Because experts are concerned that complacency may make people view getting a flu shot as optional.