Brenau’s South Atlanta campus in Fairburn, Georgia, was undamaged in last Wednesday’s severe weather, although a radar-confirmed tornado did get dangerously close to the facility. “The funnel cloud actually touched down about three blocks from the campus,” said Russell Willis, campus director. “It just missed us.”
Willis said no injuries were reported during the Nov. 18 storm and all students are accounted for. Tornado sirens sounded around 5 p.m. All scheduled classes for the remainder of the evening were cancelled shortly thereafter.
Eight faculty and staff were present, along with two students, during the worst of the weather. Despite 95 mph winds pounding the surroundings, no structural damage occurred and electricity was never lost.
The harrowing incident, Willis said, is a reminder for all Brenau staff and faculty to be well-versed on their campus’ critical incident management plans. “It clearly outlines the steps to take in an emergency,” Willis said, “and it is crucial to be prepared.”