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Playing against mother nature

He's got some of the best seats in the house, but Auburn University EMA Director Chance Corbett isn't a spectator.  Knowing his depth chart starts with the radar, surveillance cameras, and keeping an eye on the sky.

Corbett says, "We worry about severe weather as a whole."

As fans focus on the game, Corbett's focus is making sure the 87,000 plus who enter Jordan Hare leave in the same, safe condition.

"We don't start thinking about this on Saturdays.  We start looking at this a week in advance.  Trying to make a decision about the weather, what resources we may need."

Severe weather and football are two strangers that eventually will meet, especially in the South. 

Auburn currently goes beyond SEC requirements for severe weather.  It uses two lightning monitoring devices and alerts fans when the storm is 15 miles away; as opposed to 10 miles, mandated by the conference.

"When lightning is indicated 6 miles away, we stop play at that point, and urge the spectators to seek shelter."

Auburn University has never issued a mandatory evacuation, but two years ago during the West Virginia game, a voluntary evacuation was issued.  Even then, it took fans 20 minutes to clear the stands.

The rain and lighting posed a significant threat that afternoon, delaying kickoff for an hour.

While many evacuated, the student section didn't budge.

"At some point, we have to treat students as adults.  We will let you back in with your tickets."

The lightning and the Mountaineers didn't pose an emanate threat back in 2009...in the 2011 season, the battle against mother nature continues. 

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