OCIO Response to Assist Wooster Campus After Tornado Damage

At about 5:30 p.m. on September 16, a Fujita scale 2 (F2) tornado went through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer, as members of the university Emergency Operations Center, immediately engaged its resources in support of OARDC at Wooster and the numerous university, county, and state teams working around the clock to assess damages and restore services. The OCIO activated the University Crisis Line and provided agents to answer questions from the community including current information on move-in, classes, and donation opportunities. In addition, OCIO technical teams coordinated efforts with the OARDC Wooster and Student Life IT teams to quickly restore data networking and voice communications services to the residence halls and campus buildings.

Due to the tornado, several buildings were damaged including the Agriculture Engineering building, most of the greenhouses,  the OSU Police substation, Research Services, Research Operations, maintenance sheds, the bee lab, and many facilities. Trees were knocked down across the campus, including those in Secrest Arboretum.  Power outages to both the OARDC Wooster and Agricultural Technical Institute caused move-in for students to be delayed for four days and the start of classes to be delayed for one day. Many faculty and staff were asked to work from home and avoid coming to campus during the massive cleanup.

“During a press conference, Bobby Moser, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, remarked that most importantly, the storm brought no major personal injuries, but the damage to the campus was "severe."

"We've had damage to many of our buildings and major damage to two of our buildings: the Agricultural Engineering building and to research operations," the campus's main administrative building, Moser said. "Some of our greenhouses took a direct hit, and there has been devastating damage to Secrest Arboretum. Some of these trees have been here a long time."

Additional information is available at: http://www.oardc.osu.edu/5927/Storm-Damage-to-OARDC-Still-Being-Assessed;-Already-Looking-To-the-Future-to-Recovery.htm

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