Contact:
Tijuana Julian
Vice President of Student Affairs
Dean of Students
Office: (417) 873-7215
tjulian@drury.edu

Sarene Deeds
Director of Safety & Security
Office: (417) 873-7400
sdeeds@drury.edu

Matt Battaglia
Director of Residence Life & Chief Judicial Officer
Office: (417) 873-6871
rlife@drury.edu

Holly Binder
Director of Housing
Office: (417) 873-7654
housing@drury.edu

Tornado Plan

The Drury University Tornado Plan has been developed to insure the safety of Drury University faculty, staff and students. It is the responsibility of all persons to read this plan and periodically review it in order to know what to do in case of a tornado.

When a Tornado Watch is declared for Springfield, Missouri, this means that conditions are favorable for severe weather, which may include tornadoes. At this time, University Security personnel will monitor the weather alert radio and observe the weather; i.e., heavy rain, lightning, hail and possible funnel cloud formations.

The following staff members will be called and put on alert:

  • Residence Life staff
  • Greek Life staff

TORNADO WARNING
When a Tornado Warning is issued, it means that a funnel or tornado has been sighted in the area and Springfield is in its path. The city sirens will sound and the university will immediately proceed with the tornado emergency plan.

At this time, all students, faculty and staff will proceed to the designated shelter areas and will remain in those areas until the warning is over.

Student leaders and campus advisors should direct students to these shelter areas. The Security Office will contact all residence facilities and campus offices that are open.

Security will patrol the campus, informing anyone on campus of the warning, and direct him or her to the nearest place of safety. Security will open the doors in the lower level of Findlay Student Center and establish a Command Post in the Security Director’s Office.

TORNADO SAFETY GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid any area with glass windows, doors or mirrors.
  • Go to the lowest level of the building.
  • Take a flashlight, a battery operated radio and tune in to the emergency Broadcast System station (KTTS is primary, and KWTO is secondary).
  • If the tornado is upon you, crouch down and cover your head to avoid flying debris. (Most injuries and deaths in tornadoes occur from flying debris/glass.)

TORNADO SHELTER AREAS

  • BAY: Proceed to Breech. Go to the first floor hallway. Stay away from any windows.
  • BREECH: Go to the first floor hallway. Stay away from any windows.
  • BURNHAM HALL: First floor proceed to the south stairs down to the basement, under the stairwell and, if possible, in the men’s restroom. Second and Third floors proceed to Olin Library basement. Immediate shelter may be taken on the first floor hallway of Burnham.
  • CARTER WATERS: Proceed to the north end hallway. If time permits proceed to the Hammons School of Architecture.
  • CLARA THOMPSON HALL: Proceed down the stairs to the men’s and women’s lounges. Any overflow should go to the basement of Lydy Hall or O’Bannon Hall.
  • COLLEGE PARK: Students living in upstairs areas should go to the first floor area of the lower apartment or foyer. Go to the bathroom or most center point of the first floor. If you are unable to gain access to the first floor area, go to the College Park Community Center laundry room or restrooms. Students in first floor apartments should go to the bathroom area.
  • CONGREGATIONAL HALL: Proceed to the interior hallway or, if time permits, the basement of Findlay Student Center.
  • DIVERSITY CENTER: Proceed to the basement of the Trustee Science Center.
  • FINDLAY STUDENT CENTER: Proceed to the basement in the horseshoe hallway (away from the main entry doors) and in the Student Activities Office, FSC 124
  • FREEMAN HALL: Proceed to the interior hallway or, if time permits, the basement of Findlay Student Center.
  • HAMMONS ARCHITECTURE BUILDING: Proceed to the wood shop basement areas (archives and hallway outside archives), and the first floor restrooms.
  • HONORS HOUSE: Proceed to the basement.
  • HPER: Proceed downstairs to the hall and classrooms.
  • HPER/BREECH POOL: Proceed downstairs to the hall and classrooms.
  • JEFFERSON PARK: Students living in upstairs areas should go to the first floor area of the lower apartment or foyer. Go to the bathroom or most center point of the first floor. If you are unable to gain access to a first floor apartment, go to the College Park Community Center laundry room or restrooms, or if time permits, proceed to the Kappa Alpha Fraternity House basement. Students in first floor apartments should go to the bathroom area.
  • JEFFERSON PARK WEST: Students should proceed to the basement. Remember to bring your basement key to gain access.
  • KAPPA ALPHA: Proceed to basement.
  • LAMBDA CHI ALPHA: Proceed to basement in Kappa Alpha House.
  • LAY HALL: Proceed to the basement hallways, men's and women's restrooms and lower level of the lecture hall on the first floor.
  • LYDY ART CENTER: Proceed to the west end of the basement hallway.
  • MANLEY HALL: Proceed to the lower level hallways in each section.
  • MARTIN ALUMNI CENTER: Proceed to the basement.
  • MIDTOWN HOMES: Proceed to the basement or interior room, or if time permits, the lower level of Findlay Student Center.
  • O’BANNON HALL: Proceed to the basement hallway, Room #20, and the Electronic Music Room.
  • OLIN LIBRARY: Proceed to the basement area in the restrooms, Carrel hallway and in the Olin Room. Stay away from the glass areas (especially the glass stairwell).
  • O’REILLY FAMILY EVENT CENTER: Proceed to the lower level, Cox Health Sports Medicine Training Center, Room 127.
  • PEARSONS HALL: Proceed to the basement hallway and classrooms.
  • PHYSICAL PLANT (Facilities): Proceed to the office restrooms and hallways.
  • POOL ART CENTER: Proceed to the first floor east hallway and classrooms
  • SHEWMAKER COMMUNICATION CENTER: Proceed to Rooms #127 (Conference Room), Hall #111, Communication Hall #134, and lower level restrooms. Only as a last resort, use Rooms #112 & 130 (dressing rooms).
  • SIGMA NU: Proceed to basement in Kappa Alpha House.
  • SIGMA PI: Proceed to basement in Kappa Alpha House.
  • SMITH HALL: Proceed to the laundry rooms and hallways on the 1st floor. Any overflow should go to the basement of Findlay Student Center.
  • SPRINGFIELD HALL: Go to first floor hallway or proceed to the first floor of Breech.
  • STONE CHAPEL: Proceed to the kitchen and restrooms on the lower level.
  • SUMMIT PARK: Proceed to apartment on lower level and seek shelter in an interior hallway. If unable to gain access, proceed to lower level of Findlay Student Center.
  • SUNDERLAND HALL: Proceed to first floor interior hallway. Any overflow should go to the basement of Findlay Student Center.
  • THEATER SHOP: Proceed to the Pool Art Center, first floor east hallway and classrooms.
  • TINDLE MILLS BASEBALL FACILITY: Proceed to the north hallway in the weight room on the north end of the building.
  • TINDLE MILLS WAREHOUSE #3: Proceed to Breech first floor hallway.
  • TRUSTEE SCIENCE CENTER: Proceed to the basement area in the hallway and classrooms.
  • WALLACE HALL: Proceed to the basement laundry area. Any overflow should go to the basement of Findlay Student Center.
  • WARMACK FACULTY STUDIOS: Proceed to the center of the building and stay away from any windows.
  • WEISER GYM: Proceed to the lower level hallway, classrooms and racquetball areas.
  • UNIVERSITY SUITES: Proceed to apartment on lower level and seek shelter in an interior hallway. If unable to gain access, proceed to lower level of Findlay Student Center.

If there is an event in progress, Security will use the public address system or bullhorn to direct each section to safety.