The University has approximately 30 trained employees who comprise our Severe Storm Spotting Team. Each team member attended a storm spotting class with materials provided by the National Weather Service office in Lincoln, IL. The team is activated when severe weather is imminent or occurring in or around the University campus area. Severe storm reports are provided to the University Emergency Manager via two-way radio who, in turn, shares those reports with McLean County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.
Our timely reports aide the National Weather Service in determining the issuance of severe thunderstorm, tornado and flash flood warnings.
When a tornado warning is issues for our area, the University will issue an ISU Emergency Alert to notify the campus community of approaching conditions and to advise everyone in the area to seek appropriate shelter.