Severe Weather/University Closing

Severe Weather/Tornado Watch: A watch is a statement that severe weather/tornado conditions are present and could occur.  The National Weather Service will issue a watch bulletin to local authorities as well as to the local radio and TV stations.

Severe Weather/Tornado Warning: When a severe weather/tornado sighting occurs, the National Weather Service alerts all weather stations and local authorities.  If severe weather or a tornado is approaching a continuous sounding of the city’s emergency sirens will signal the warning.

In case of severe weather/tornado:  When the emergency warning sires sound, it is YOUR responsibility to get to shelter.  All persons should immediately seek shelter in the nearest building.  Go to the basement or interior walls of lower floors.  Auditoriums, gymnasiums, and similar large rooms with wide roofs should be avoided.  Stay away from all windows and exterior doors.  Take a battery-operated radio with you and listen for the “All clear” signal.

Severe Weather Guidelines:

  • Move to the nearest building and locate a safe place.
  • Move to, or stay on, the lowest floor of any building.
  • Stay in central corridors away from glass, cover your face with folded arms.
  • Stay away from windows
  • Leave corridor doors open
  • Do not use any elevator
  • Types of areas considered to be the safest
    • Basements
    • Stairwells
    • Tunnel
    • Lower level rooms without any windows
    • Lower level hallways without any windows

Most tornadoes strike in the late afternoon and evening hours.  When a severe thunderstorm/tornado warning is issued, take shelter immediately.  Go to the basement and seek shelter under stairs or sturdy furniture.  If you do not have a basement, seek shelter in a small room at the lowest level, in the center of the building.  Bathrooms and closets are good potential shelters.  Avoid rooms with windows.

What To Do When Away From The University Or Home:

  • The best tornado shelter in any building is the lowest level.
  • Look for pre-designated shelters in buildings you frequent
  • Smaller rooms, such as closets, rest rooms, or storerooms are good shelter areas.
  • Position yourself beneath a piece of sturdy furniture.
  • Cover your head and chest to protect yourself from flying debris.
  • Seek shelter away from doors and windows.
  • Long span roof areas like those in malls and gymnasiums are especially vulnerable to tornadoes.  Find as small room.
  • Don’t run from your car.  You are safer inside a car than in the open.

Severe Winter Weather:

For complete details review the Severe Winter Weather Notification Plan