Know where to go during Tuesday’s tornado drills?

On Tuesday, students and staff at Indiana University will have the opportunity to try out what they would do if in the path of a tornado. As our peers at IU Kokomo know, the threat is real — a tornado caused considerable damange near the Kokomo campus last summer. While Indiana averages 20 tornadoes annually, it saw 35 last year.

Business continuity plans — save ’em if you’ve got ’em

IU Ready, the tool used at Indiana University to create and store business continuity plans (every department should have one), is being upgraded Nov. 17-18. The 800 plus plans stored on IU Ready won’t be available during the upgrade so plan coordinators are asked to download a copy in case it’s needed.

New student group, IU Public Safety Partners, meeting at IU Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington students interested in social justice, safety communication, or careers in fields of law enforcement, emergency & safety management or public health should stop by the call-out meeting Tuesday for IU Public Safety Partners, held at 6:30 p.m. at the IMU in State Room East.

IU alums help keep campuses safe through firefighting

Yes, we like to brag about the success of our IU Police Academy graduates as they land various positions in law enforcement. I’m writing today about another kind of IU alum, men and women who devote themselves to protecting their communities as firefighters.

Ken Long named IU Bloomington director of emergency management and continuity

Ken Long has been named director of emergency management and continuity for IU Bloomington after serving as interim director this spring and as assistant director since 2009.

I shouldn’t expect to hear the sirens indoors? Really?!

Judging from the feedback we received after Operation Stormy Weather, a lot of people are like me and think outdoor sirens should be heard indoors, too, to alert us to oncoming tornadoes. I’ve got news for you.

Vote — and stock up

Have you voted for PPE Top Model? Please use our ballot, where you’ll see pictures of more than 70 Indiana University employees – and one police dog – wearing personal protective equipment that helps protect them on the job. And then consider stashing some of the PPE, such as gloves and hard hats, at home to keep you and your family safer during chores or disasters.

Raising IU’s risk IQ

What sorts of events or circumstances threaten Indiana University’s ability to satisfy its core missions? That is, what sorts of conditions would dramatically reduce our ability to teach, conduct research, and serve the community? Who knows? Well, thanks to the efforts of Merri Beth Lavagnino, university leadership is gaining a good understanding of how to think in those terms.

Lessons from the 1994 Northridge, Calif., earthquake

Graduate student and former intern Cheryl Wellum recounts the moments and days following the Northridge earthquake in California. Looting, destruction. It was a week before things “settled down.” Wellum shares lessons learned.

Emergency guide, procedures grid for faculty, staff, students

Whether you’re a long-time professor at IU or an adjunct instructor teaching just one course, you can expect students to look to you for guidance during a crisis. IU Emergency Management and Continuity staff prepared a faculty quick guide, emergency procedures grid and syllabus inserts to help you know what to do and who to call.