The Operation Stormy Weather tornado drills this morning, which included a test of the IU-Notify system on all IU campuses, were successful; Indiana University and Public Safety and Institutional Assurance staff appreciate your participation.
The evening drills will be conducted slightly differently based on lessons learned this morning. If an emergency alert needs to be issued because of a tornado, the IU-Notify message will be automated with the National Weather Service, a function that should allow messages to be sent sooner. This morning, however, we learned that this automation is not available for drills.
For the evening drill, IU-Notify will issue two messages -- the initial tornado drill message, and then an "all clear." During a real incident, only one message will be sent because it will also include an expiration time for the warning.
Operation Stormy Weather drills serve a number of purposes, including testing your knowledge of what to do during a tornado warning, and ensuring the capabilities of our alerting systems. For more information about how preparing for severe weather, please visit the Protect IU website.