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UGA to take part in severe weather drill

UGA will participate in the Georgia Statewide Severe Weather Drill on Feb. 5 at approximately 9 a.m. In conjunction with the drill, the Office of Emergency Preparedness will conduct a test of the UGAAlert system.

The National Weather Service will initiate the drill, and the Athens-Clarke County community and UGA will participate. Campus outdoor tornado sirens will be activated per normal drill procedures; however, NOAA weather radios only will display a test message and may not produce an audible alert. No “all clear” message will be sent after the test, so those participating in the drill can move to their shelter location when the test message is sent and then end the drill after accounting for personnel in individual buildings.

In the case of inclement weather, the drill will be held on Feb. 7 at approximately 9 a.m.

Departments unable to participate in the drill are asked to take a few moments at the beginning of a meeting to discuss where to go and what to do when a tornado warning is issued. Instructors are encouraged to take a few minutes at the beginning of class to discuss how the class would respond to a tornado warning and where they would go for shelter.

Direct questions about the test of the UGAAlert system and the severe weather drill to OEP at 706-542-5845 or by email at To verify and update UGAAlert information, see After the drill, a short survey will be available at