IUPUI ready for severe weather, earns certification

  • Indianapolis

    Indiana weather can change in an instant.

    IUPUI Student Cory Martin has seen it firsthand. He said he's also seen what his school is doing to take care of its students.

    "There has been a campus-wide awareness, not just from the students, but also professors as well," said Martin. "So now everyone is on he same page as to what to do in case of severe weather."

    Now new steps are in place to keep students like Cory even safer.

    IUPUI's campus is now "StormReady." The term speaks for itself, ready to inform and protect from all types of weather. It took the university more than two years to get certified.

    "We have the capabilities, that we have the resources available to monitor assassinate warning and receive warning for our students faculty and staff," said IUPUI Spokesman Carlos Garcia.

    As part of the StormReady status, IUPUI is now connected to the National Weather Service.

    "They are going to be forewarned and have a plan by which they can find safe locations on campus," said Dave Tucek with the National Weather Service.

    The importance of having a plan in place played out before our eyes in Henryville.

    "It was the amount of debris that I saw," said one of the survivors. "Ceiling tiles down a lot of different pieces of broken glass."

    On that day in early March, sirens went off, people took shelter.

    Cory Martin is glad his school took extra steps to keep him safe.

    "It is an umbrella of ideas that the university is taking to get this information across to the students," said Martin. "I think it is fantastic."

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