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Ohio Northern to Test Warning Sirens

Dec 17, 2008

As a safety measure for the Ohio Northern University campus, ONU will initiate monthly tests of the University's outdoor warning sirens beginning in January.

The system will be tested at 11:55 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, unless threatening weather is in the area.

"We want our students, faculty and staff to be familiar with the sound of the warning sirens and with the safety measures they should take," said Robert Ruble, vice president for financial affairs.

Strategically placed around campus, the outdoor sirens are activated in case of tornado warnings or severe or threatening weather in the immediate area. The sirens are intended to warn individuals who are outside a building on campus or in the surrounding areas to seek immediate shelter.

The warning system issues a continuous siren blast when a tornado warning is in effect. The sirens continue until the danger has passed.

In case of a tornado warning:

  • Stay away from glass windows and exterior doors
  • Do not use elevators
  • Keep doors closed
  • Evacuate rooms on upper floors or those that have an exterior wall above ground level
  • Move to floors below ground level or hallways and rooms in the center of a building
  • Seek the smallest room at the lowest level of the center portion of a building
  • Remain inside this safe area until the warning is canceled
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