ODU to Test Siren System as Part of March 15 Tornado Drill
Old Dominion University's Police Department will activate its outdoor siren system at approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, as part of a tornado drill conducted in conjunction with the commonwealth of Virginia's Tornado Preparedness Day.
When the drill begins, the siren system will emit several high-pitched tones, followed by a verbal message that the alarm is signaling a test of the system. It is expected that the alarm will be heard in parts of the Lambert's Point, Highland Park and Larchmont neighborhoods.
In conjunction with the drill, the university will conduct a test of ODU Alerts, Old Dominion's urgent notification system, which will include sending text messages, phone calls, e-mails and instant messages to those registered in the system. To sign up for the ODU Alerts system, visit www.odu.edu/alerts and sign in using your Midas ID and password.
The tornado preparedness drill will affect the staff and other occupants in the following buildings only:
Human Resources I, II and III
Office of the University Auditor
Child Development Center
Recreation and Wellness Center
Powhatan Sport Complex
Jarrett Athletic Administration Building
Parking and Transportation Services
Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center
Academic Skills Center/Upward Bound
Building-emergency coordinators at each location will initiate emergency tornado preparedness procedures upon notification from ODU Police officials.
During the drill, as well as in a real tornado emergency, employees and visitors should seek shelter in a windowless interior room (closet, bathroom, interior hall) on the lowest level of a building (a basement, for those buildings that have one). All members of the campus community are encouraged to review tornado preparedness plans at www.vaemergency.com.
For more information call the ODU Police Department at 683-4003.
This article was posted on: March 11, 2011
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