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UNA new system for tornado warnings

By Nick Lough - bio | email

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The University of North Alabama is taking a pro-active step to get the word out to its students making sure they don't get caught up in the middle of severe weather.

UNA sophomore Victoria Echols knows what severe weather looks like. Growing up in Lawrence County she had tornados roll right through her neighborhood, but Echols like thousands of other students at UNA is on her own in Florence, when any storms roll through.

"It is different because you don't have your parents to tell you what to do," said Echols.

The nursing major said she'd gone through one tornado drill since she moved onto campus in the Phi Mu wing of the university's sorority dorms but if the real thing were to hit she wouldn't really know what to do.   

That's why the school has gone online to set up a specific page for emergency updates. "We put it up this morning," said UNA spokesperson Josh Woods. "It's up on our homepage and we've linked it on our social media pages such as Facebook and so on."

The website answers questions students could have if severe weather or even a tornado were touch down near UNA. "[It tells you] what to, how to be prepared, where to go," said Woods.

For Echols, who said she's constantly stuck in her room studying for her courses, it's a website she wants to get more familiar with and the UNA administrators hope more students pay closer attention to the information there as the summer months and severe weather season approaches.

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