Mixup prevents campus alert system from being activated during storm

Michael McKay

Portions of Warren County, including the area around WKU’s main campus, were placed under a tornado warning by the National Weather Service in Louisville. The warning expired at 12:15 p.m.

Sirens could be heard around main and south campuses, but the Campus Alert system was not activated.

According to information on the WKU Alert from the WKU News website, when a tornado warning is issued for Warren County, WKU’s outdoor warning system will be activated and an emergency text message will be sent to students, faculty and staff who have signed up for WKU’s emergency text alert system.

Sirens could be heard around campus but the emergency text message detailing the situation was not sent.

Bob Skipper, director of Media Relations, said WKU Police are in charge of sending a tornado warning alert. Skipper said he wasn’t sure why a text wasn’t sent out.

A representative from WKU Police said Media Relations is responsible for sending out alert messages during the daytime, and WKU Police takes over responsibility at night.