I was up until 3 a.m. Thursday morning because of Student Life production. About 2 1/2 hours later, I was woken up by a siren blaring to announce the arrival of the first tornado of 2014—what literally everybody wants to be woken by. I got on my iPhone’s Twitter app, did a quick search for “tornado St. Louis” and found that one had touched down in University City at 5:22 a.m.
While its campus-wide release may come several weeks later than anticipated, Washington University officials are confident that a new campus safety app will keep students and staff better informed and prepared for emergencies. The Washington University Police Department hoped the app would be available for students at the beginning of the semester.