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NOTE FROM THE UNDERGROUND
Jackie MacMullan
April 20, 1998
Disaster Planning
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April 20, 1998

Note From The Underground

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Disaster Planning

The announcement came at 7:50 p.m. on April 7, as the Pacers were leading the visiting Cavaliers 43-34. A tornado warning was in effect. The sixth-level concourse of Market Square Arena—the main entrance level—was being closed to prevent injuries from flying glass, and the 15,589 fans were advised to remain seated. Pacers vice president Rick Fuson monitored the storm and consulted with the police on evacuation scenarios. Tornadoes strike so quickly, we never would have been able to get so many people out in time," Fuson says. If the arena proved to be in the direct path of the twister, the plan was to move those seated in the upper level onto the floor. But at 8:07 p.m. the crowd was notified that the tornado had shifted to the northwest. That prompted the biggest applause of the night.

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