Tornado Disaster Plan for Taylor University

(29th Revision 6/10) Link to PDF

I. Statistics indicate that the State of Indiana is fifth nationally in the number of tornados experienced each year, based on land area percentages. Statistically the State of Indiana is second in the number of casualties per square mile. The highest frequency of tornados in Indiana occurs in April with June a close
second. Due to these facts plus our own concern for the general welfare of the Taylor community, the following tornado disaster procedures have been  developed. It should be noted that public schools and parochial schools that are commissioned have been required to prepare such a plan pursuant to Rule G-3, Section 18, as revised and adopted by the commission on General Education, July 16, 1974. (NOTE: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PROVIDES SEVERE WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES.)

II. Definitions

A. Tornado Watch
A tornado watch indicates that weather conditions are such that a tornado could form. Normal activities may be continued, but you should "watch" for tornados.

B. Tornado Warning
A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has actually been sighted and that all persons should seek appropriate shelter. Tornado warnings are typically 45 minutes in length.

III. Procedures

  1. On-Campus Procedures
    • The Campus Police Department becomes the central control point (should the Campus Police Department be damaged, The Center for Student Development will become the central control point).
    • Central control staff includes: the President of the University, the Provost/Dean of the University, the Dean of Student Development, the Associate Deans of Students, the Vice President for Business and Finance, the Director of Campus Police, the Physical Plant Director (Sodexho), and the Maintenance Supervisor. (At least one staff member will constantly remain at the central control point.)
    • The faculty and staff previously designated (Chart III D) become responsible for the following:
      1. To make sure all persons stay in the area (unless unsafe) until steps (2), (3), and (4a) can be accomplished.
      2. To provide first aid until the central control point can be contacted for professional medical treatment (use appointed courier).
      3. To provide a two-fold report to the central control point as soon as possible after first aid needs are met (use appointed courier).
        • Report to the central control point with an account of all persons in the building.
        • Report to the central control point with an account of all damage to their respective building which needs immediate attention.
      4. Based on reports, the central control point staff will:
        • Send procedures and instructions back to the persons responsible.
        • Deploy appropriate personnel.
        • Notify parents of the safety or condition of their son or daughter.
        • All Maintenance and Campus Police personnel should be strategically stationed for security of campus property and facilities.
        • Develop alternate feeding procedure (area school or Red Cross).
  2. Off-Campus Procedures
    • Central control point staff contacts emergency services as needed:
      1. Fire department
      2. Ambulance/rescue unit
      3. State police
      4. County police
      5. Local police
      6. Red Cross
      7. Civil Defense
      8. Hospitals
        • Blackford Community
        • Marion General
        • Ball Memorial
      9. National Guard
    • A staging area will be set up at or near the Campus Police building to dispatch emergency vehicles to appropriate locations.
    • Advancement Office contacts appropriate persons or groups.
      1. Trustees
      2. News media
    • Central control point staff facilitates informing all parents and families of the safety and condition of students (suggest using alumni, trustees, Taylor Clubs).

IV. Shelter Areas - Please remember to avoid areas where glass is present.

  1. Academic Buildings
    • Ayres Building - basement center hallway (close all doors)
    • Field House - Nautilus room
    • Atterbury Bldg. - Sickler Hall (Wm. Taylor Foundation) lower level.
    • Smith-Hermanson Music Center - lower level of Rupp Center
    • Nussbaum Science Center - the entire basement areas (with the exception of Computer Science Library).
    • Odle Gymnasium - men's and women's restrooms (respectively on the east end of the bldg.
    • Reade Center - rooms 113, 114, 118, 119, 122, 128, 129, & 135 - The east end corridor up to room 143 and the Digital Studio room.
    • Zondervan Library-lower restrooms, hallway preceding room 014 and room 014 (if unlocked).
    • Randall Environmental Center - men's and women' restrooms, interior rooms.
    • Rupp Center - lower level, interior hallways, catacombs.
    • Metcalf Visual Arts Center - lower level, interior hallways
    • Kesler Center - interior restrooms, dressing rooms, and locker rooms. Stay away from glass!
  2. Service Buildings
    • Bookstore - storage room.
    • Hodson Dining commons - kitchen area and equipment room.
    • Boyd Physical Plant Service Center - interior hallway.
    • Post Office - business office.
    • Student Union - Career Development conference room, games control, TWO Lighthouse director's office, TWO student office, main restrooms and bookstore restrooms.
    • University Press - business office.
    • Kitchen - storage area.
  3. Residential Buildings
    • Bergwall Hall - lower level interior hallway.
    • Campbell Hall - lower level interior hallway
    • English Hall - all enclosed rooms and/or hallway on the southwest end of the ground floor.
    • Fairlane Apartments - first floor apartments, interior hallway and bathroom.
    • Gerig Hall - first floor hallway, first floor stairwells, restrooms, mail room, laundry.
    • Haakonsen Hall - interior hallway.
    • Olson Hall - the east and west interior hallways of the first floor.
    • Sammy Morris Hall - lower level.
    • Swallow Robin Hall - lower level hallways from stairwell west to the apartment.
    • Wengatz Hall - the east and west interior hallway of the first floor.
  4. Office Buildings
    • Campus Police - communication room.
    • Freimuth Administration Building - business office, and/or interior hallway.
    • Helena Building - basement center hallway, room 102 and restrooms.
    • Rediger Chapel/Auditorium - Student Development conference rooms, men's restrooms, Stuart Room, placement, housing and counseling offices, dressing room, and University Chaplain Office.
    • Sickler Hall (Wm. Taylor Foundation) lower level.
  5. Miscellaneous Areas
    • Campus Grounds - nearest shelter area.
    • Taylor Lake - nearest shelter area.
    • Guest House - Administration Building, business office.

V. Method of Contact

Attention: The Reade Center siren will be used to alert the campus of a tornado warning. All personal
contact will be initiated by the Department of Campus Police by telephone or if telephone service is
unavailable, in person.

  1. Academic Buildings
    • Ayres Building - personal contact.
    • Rupp Center - personal contact.
    • Field House - personal contact.
    • Smith-Hermanson Music Center - personal contact.
    • Nussbaum Science Center - personal contact.
    • Odle Gymnasium - personal contact.
    • Atterbury Bldg. - personal contact.
    • Reade Center - personal contact.
    • Zondervan Library - personal contact.
    • Randall Environmental Center - personal contact.
    • Metcalf Visual Arts Center - personal contact
  2. Service Buildings
    • Bookstore - personal contact.
    • Hodson Dining Commons - public address system.
    • Boyd Physical Plant Service Center - personal contact.
    • Post Office - personal contact.
    • Student Union - personal contact.
    • Switchboard - personal contact.
    • University Press - personal contact.
  3. Residential Buildings
    • Bergwall Hall - personal contact.
    • Campbell Hall - personal contact.
    • English Hall - personal contact.
    • Fairlane Apartments - personal contact.
    • Gerig Hall - personal contact.
    • Haakonsen Hall - personal contact.
    • Olson Hall - personal contact.
    • Sammy Morris Hall - personal contact.
    • Swallow Robin Hall - personal contact.
    • Wengatz Hall - personal contact.
  4. Office Buildings
    • Campus Police - personal contact.
    • Freimuth Administration Building - personal contact.
    • Helena Building - personal contact.
    • Rediger Chapel/Auditorium - personal contact.
    • Sickler Hall - personal contact.
  5. Miscellaneous Areas
    • Campus Grounds - personal contact.
    • Taylor Lake - personal contact.
    • Guest House - personal contact.

VI. Equipment

  1. One siren (on top of the Reade Center)
  2. One mobile public address system (Campus Police)
  3. Emergency lighting installed in the Science Center and the Dining Commons kitchen area and residence halls where none exist
  4. Tornado shelter signs