Does this look familiar? It's folks taking cover in the Humanities breakroom for the tornado warning on Monday. That event really hit home for many people on campus. This week marks the five year anniversary of the 2006 tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee. Vol State was hit hard with $9 million in damage. As incredible as the damage was, what still stands out are the heroic efforts by the Vol State Building Coordinators that protected so many lives. Lisa Lynch has been the supervisor at the campus police dispatch center for eleven years.
“People need to take the emergency coordinators serious," said Lynch. "Whether it is a fire alarm, gas alarm, or a tornado warning, our office is responsible for directing these efforts. Even Dr. Nichols takes direction from the coordinators. When they say 'go in here,' he obeys and he follows that direction,because he knows they have been trained and are receiving first-hand information. Our number one responsibility is to communicate what we need to have happen, to save lives.”