Weather Emergency


Civil authorities monitor weather conditions and to the best of their ability announce tornado watch and warning situations.

  • Tornado watch: weather conditions are such that a tornado could occur.
  • Tornado warning: a tornado has been sighted on radar or by individuals.

Safety Procedure

  • If indoors, seek refuge on the lowest floor in a doorway, interior hallway, or under a desk or table. Stay away from windows and exterior doors. After the tornado has passed, evacuate the building.
  • If outdoors and unable to get to shelter, seek a ditch or depression in the ground and lie flat. Avoid power or utility lines.
  • If in an automobile, stop as quickly as safety permits, exit the vehicle and seek shelter in a ditch or depression in the ground and lie flat.

Specific procedures for residence life

  • During daylight and normal business hours, personnel should be alert to the weather conditions, listen for any warning sirens and take action consistent with the situation. At night, when residents are normally in the residence halls, residence life personnel should be alert for tornado watch or warning announcements. If the warning siren sounds, assist residents in moving to safer areas.
  • Residents should move to the interior of the buildings to the lower floors-preferably basements—away from windows and doors. Residence life personnel should be familiar with their building and identify areas that offer the best protection for the safety of the residents.
  • After a tornado, residence life personnel should account for all the residents assigned to the building.  Public Safety should be notified of the situation and will process needs for emergency assistance; i.e., medical attention, locating residents, etc.

In the event of an earthquake, follow these procedures.

  • If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway, or under a desk or table. Stay away from windows, shelves and heavy equipment that may fall.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Always avoid power or utility lines.
  • If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary call the Public Safety Department. If indoors, evacuate the building to a safe location outdoors.
  • Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Report damaged facilities to the public safety department and facilities services. Be alert for gas leaks and power failures that create special hazards