Cedarville University’s alert system “worked as planned”

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The wind is still blowing and the skies are still dark at Cedarville University 24 hours after a tornado touched down just three miles from campus.

“It was kind of scary.  I don’t do well with bad weather, so it was very scary to see that it had come through the far part of town,” says Sophomore Ivey Mcrory.

Mcrory is one of about 300 students taking summer classes on campus.

She signed up for the university’s emergency notification system which sends alerts by text, phone and e-mail.

The nursing student was off-campus at her job when she was notified about the tornado warning.

“I knew that Cedarville would send something if the bad weather was around us, so I just went ahead and kept my phone on me,” comments Mcrory.

The university tells 2 NEWS a total of 4 notifications were sent Wednesday.

The first was at 2:37 PM about a tornado watch.

The next, at 5:28 PM, about a tornado warning and to seek shelter immediately, 2 minutes after the university was notified by the National Weather Service.

Then, at 5:54 PM, an update was sent that a tornado touched down nearby campus.

And, finally, at 6:32 PM, the all clear was given.

The university says about 3,500 people are signed up for these alerts.

“We’re not to where we need to be and so this will be a good opportunity to educate the students coming in next year.  We do it the start of every semester,” explains Cedarville University’s Mark Weinstein.

It’s not just students, faculty and staff that can receive these alerts, parents can too.

Sophomore Addie Martin had to take shelter in the Student Center during the tornado warning.

She says it gave her parents peace of mind.

“My mom is also apart of it so she was able to receive the alerts.  So, she knew that the campus was keeping me safe as well,” says Martin.

The university tells me the emergency alert system worked as planned.

No one was hurt and there was no major damage on campus.

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