The Statewide Severe Weather Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at approximately 9:00am. The Athens-Clarke County community and the University of Georgia (UGA) will participate in the statewide drill. The test will include a full activation of the UGAAlert emergency notification system and campus outdoor warning sirens. NOAA weather radios will only display a test message and may alert a few minutes after the scheduled 9:00am test.
If you would like some additional tornado information, such as the definitions of a tornado watch and a tornado warning, please download our Tornado Safety Tips.
We encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to acknowledge the weather sirens and notifications when they are activated at 9:00am on February 4th. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to physically execute your severe weather plan, including activation of your building notification system and assemble in your designated safe shelter area(s). At a minimum, you should pause to reflect on the steps you would take should UGA experience an actual tornado warning. An “all clear” message will not be provided as a part of the drill.
Please verify and update your information in the UGAAlert system at http://www.ugaalert.uga.edu to ensure that all emergency contact information reflected in the system is current and accurate.
After the drill, your assistance in completing a short survey form regarding the drill would be appreciated. The survey will be located at www.prepare.uga.edu.
UGAAlert allows you to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. To register, you must have a valid UGA MyID.
•Have you programmed the UGAAlert number, 706-542-0111, into your cell phone?
The Spring 2015 CERT class will be held on Tuesdays, from 2:30-5:00 pm, starting on Feb. 24, 2015. Register for the next CERT class. For more information on the UGA CERT Program, please email Pete Golden.
As you travel around campus, have you wondered where the nearest tornado shelter area would be in the building in which you work or visit? How about where to go in case of a fire? Soon, this information will be located in many buildings on campus in the form of an emergency poster or a podium card. These new resources developed by the Office of Emergency Preparedness can provide quick instructions on what to do in a variety of emergencies such as severe weather, fire, a chemical spill, active shooters or medical emergencies. Each poster and podium card have building specific information in the lower right corner which will tell occupants where to shelter in case of severe weather or where the fire evacuation location is for that particular building. If you would like more information about these resources, or if you would like to have them installed in your building, contact Noelle Broadnax.
In case of an ACTIVE SHOOTER on campus, hide/barricade is only one option. Watch the Plan, Prepare, React: Active Shooter Response Options for Institutes of Higher Education video for more options.