Severe Weather Procedures

A Tornado Watch means that weather conditions are such that tornadoes may be created.
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted and one should be prepared to move to a place of safety immediately.

PROCEDURES

On the issuance of a severe weather or tornado WARNING in the area (over the weather radio), Security will immediately call the Physical Plant who will notify everyone in the classrooms. Security and Physical Plant will notify all offices. The Observatory Building will be called via a special number which reaches the telephone on the wall behind the platform in the OY classroom. Physical Plant personnel will also be called by two-way radio by Security. Personnel from the above units will see that all persons are alerted to take the following precautions:

  1. Main Building--All persons in the building will move to the basement area to the east end and west end of the corridor, away form windows. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  2. East Building--All persons in the building will move to the first floor hallway, away from windows. Doors should be closed on each end of the hall. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  3. Oy (Observatory) Building--The switchboard operator will call the OY classroom instructor using the special number provided. Students in the classroom should move from the outside wall and stay close to the inside wall. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  4. Kelley Center--All persons should move to Room 130 A, B, C. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  5. Child Care Center-Kelley Center- The switchboard operator will call the Child Care Center. The staff/children will move to the restrooms within the Center. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  6. Library--Move to the basement area.
  7. Continuing Education Center--Students/staff will be alerted to move to corridors in building, away form windows. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  8. Early Outreach Building--Students/staff will be alerted to move to corridors in building, away from windows. Kneel, and protect face with hands, jacket, etc.
  9. Science Building -- All persons in the building will move to the basement area.

IU KOKOMO SNOW GUIDELINES


Weather-Related Campus Closing Procedures


The Director of Physical Facilities will consult the Chancellor and Chief of Police regarding the closing and safety of the campus. Under extreme circumstances and in the interest of safety, the administration may alter this procedure. Cancellation of classes includes all IU and Purdue classes on the IU Kokomo campus, as well as all auxiliary sites.

The Chancellor or her designee will make the decision of the closing or cancellation of classes by the following timeframe:

  • 5:30 a.m. – campus closed all day and evening
  • 9:30 a.m. – classes beginning at or after 11:30 a.m. are cancelled; campus offices close at noon
  • 3:30 p.m. – classes beginning at or after 5:30 p.m. are cancelled

The Chancellor will notify:

  • IU Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs – John Applegate
  • Director of Media & Marketing
  • Director of Purdue University College of Technology at Kokomo
  • Members of IU Kokomo Cabinet

The Director of Media & Marketing will notify:

  • All identified radio and television stations of closing
    • Radio
      • Kokomo
        • WMYK 98.5 FM
        • WFRN 93.7
      • Muncie
        • WLBC 104.1 FM
      • Peru
        • WARU 101.9 FM
    • Television
      • MyNDY Channel 23
      • WRTV Channel 6
      • WTHR Channel 13
      • WXIN Fox 59
  • Campus community by sending an IU Notify message to all students, faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, and Purdue University College of Technology at Kokomo employees

When the campus is closed only ‘essential personnel,’ as identified by the Director of Facilities, should remain on campus. Due to safety precautions, other employees must seek permission from their supervisors to be on campus.

The Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs and Enrollment Management may also send an email to all students, notifying them of the cancellation of classes or closing of the campus.