Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tornado Watch (Poweshiek County-Grinnell)


(A Tornado Watch has been issued for Poweshiek County)


Please visit the Campus Safety & Security website at  for information on severe weather at  Grinnell College.


A Tornado Watch means that Tornadoes are possible in the area.  Remain alert for approaching storms.  Be prepared to move to a safe location.


Campus Safety & Security



Friday, April 10, 2009

Campus Alert Bulletin #1-Possible Drug on Campus


By:  Stephen A. Briscoe, Director of Campus Safety/Security, Grinnell College


In compliance with the "Timely Notice" provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics act of 1998, the Grinnell College Campus Safety & Security Office is giving notice that it has received information of possible distribution and use of the drug ecstasy on campus.


Please be aware of this, as ecstasy has been known to cause both emotional and physical concerns. For further information on this drug, please visit


The Grinnell College Campus Safety & Security Office urges anyone who believes they have or a friend has been the victim of an illegal drug to immediately contact the Campus Safety & Security Office at 269-4600.  Victims of illegal drugs can also contact the Health Center on campus at 269-3230, College Campus Sexual Assault Coordinators Office, 269-4981, Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center, 1-800-779-3512, Residential Life RLC's 269-3700, Poweshiek County Mental Health Center, 236-6137, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, 236-2380 or the Grinnell Police Department at 236-2650.




Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This is a Drill. "All Clear" This is a Drill


This is a Drill.  The All Clear has been given for Poweshiek County.  Please resume your normal daily activities and be on the alert for further severe weather in the area.  Your cooperation has been appreciated.  This is a Drill


Campus Safety & Security



This is a Drill (Tornado Warning-Seek Shelter) This is a Drill


This is a Drill.  The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Poweshiek County (Grinnell).  Please seek Shelter.  An "All Clear" message will be sent out to the campus when it is safe to do.  This is a Drill.


Campus Safety & Security



This is a Drill (Tornado Watch Issued for Poweshiek County (Grinnell) This is a Drill




Campus Safety & Security



Monday, April 6, 2009

Severe Weather Awareness Week (April 6th thru 10th)


                Hello all,


The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of April 6 through April 10 2009 Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.  2008 was a historic year across Iowa with 105 tornadoes including the EF5 tornado that struck Parkersburg and other areas in northeast Iowa.  During the awareness week, the National Weather Service will promote severe-weather safety by issuing public information statements.  The highlight of the week will be the statewide tornado drill on Wednesday April 8, 2009.


Please go to the Campus Safety & Security Office website at and review the "Preparation

for Severe Weather" at Grinnell College information.  The shelter locations at the college are also listed. A variety of drills are planned throughout the State of Iowa and Grinnell College will participate fully.


On Wednesday April the 8th the college will be participating in the Iowa State wide Tornado alert drill.   This drill will take place mid-morning.   The tornado siren will sound at the college and across the city of Grinnell and the College will test its emergency notification systems.  Please visit  for information on the tornado shelter locations at Grinnell College.  Also please be aware that every Thursday morning at 9 a.m., the city of Grinnell siren system is tested throughout the city.


Although it is not part of the Severe Weather Awareness week on Thursday, April 16th, at 7pm, at ARH, room 102, the National Weather Service will be doing a Storm Spotters class.  Actual pictures of tornadoes in Iowa will be shown along with other helpful weather information. Upon completion of the course participants will be certified as a storm spotter.  The class is open to all members of Grinnell College and the public.  There is no cost to attend.


Please visit Pioneer Web  at for information on the college's emergency text messaging system "Pioneer Alert." On Pioneer Web, information about the system and how to sign up is listed on the left hand side of the page under "Resources."  Note: All text message alerts will be posted on the top right corner of the Pioneer Web main page above the local weather forecast.


Campus Emergency Preparedness Committee Members

Steve Briscoe, Campus Safety & Security

Kate Worster,  Communication

Cindy Deppe, Communication

Amy VanManen, Campus Safety & Security

Kristin Lovig,  Human Resources

Jim Mulholland, Treasurers Office

Jana Johnson, Human Resources

Travis Greene, Student Affairs

Rick Whitney, Facilities Management

Mike Sims,  Student Affairs

Jennifer Krohn,  Diversity and Achievement

Lesley Lyons, Chemistry Department

Peter Jacobson, Biology Department

Jeanette Moser, Dining Services

John Burrows, Student Government Association

Rachel Bly, Conference Operations and Events

Dave Dale, ITS