Valparaiso University is officially a StormReady campus. We are one of 50 universities in the country to hold this certification and the first one to do so in the state of Indiana.
There are now formalized hazardous weather plans for each building to follow in the event of a severe weather event. Before this effort was performed, the campus was extremely disorganized on how to handle a severe weather situation. We are now proud to say that we are prepared to protect all who set foot on Valpo’s campus.
There were 6 requirements that had to be met in order for the university to be certified by the National Weather Service in Chicago. Communications have been established with the Valparaiso University Police Department as a 24 hour warning point and emergency operations center. We are able to receive information via the National Weather Service’s NOAA weather radio products with each building on campus housing a NOAA weather radio of their own. Having our own Doppler radar on campus is a huge advantage in monitoring the weather conditions. Severe weather warnings are disseminated through sirens on campus and the NOAA weather radios. Community preparedness has been and will be achieved as two annual safety talks are performed on campus each year by meteorology students. VUPD receives National Weather Service severe weather spotter training every couple of years to be able to accurately convey any threat of severe weather. Finally, visits between the university and National Weather Service in Chicago are conducted to keep one another updated on their current status.
This is an exciting feat for Valparaiso University, and future students, under the direction of the Deputy Director of the Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team (VUSIT), will keep this program running and our campus safe.