Tornado Preparation Alert

When appropriate, the following information and guidelines will be shared via email with the University community in anticipation of a severe weather forecast.

  1. According to weather forecasts, conditions may be right tomorrow (or later today) for tornado activity in our area. Therefore, this bulletin is an early notification so that you can make preparations here and at home.
  2. Some common directives include:
    • Stay away from windows and other loose or breakable objects that could become flying debris.
    • Stay near interior walls.
    • Keep one or more flashlights in your office and make sure they work.
    • In the event of a tornado, do NOT pull a fire alarm.
  3. Click on Recommended Tornado Shelter Locations; for a listing of all the buildings on campus and the suggested safest area in each building. In most cases, those areas will be the lowest possible floor of your building. If you have a question or your building is not listed, call University Police at 898-2424.
  4. If you work in a small house or a structure that would not seem as secure as others, you and your staff may want to consider moving to another building tomorrow, if time and space are available. Once a storm is approaching, however, stay where you are.
  5. Supervisors/Faculty: Review with your class or staff which is the best way to reach the Recommended Tornado Shelter Location in your building. Emphasize the importance of remaining calm.
  6. Directors/Supervisors: Take 5 minutes with your people today to:
    • Review the do's and don'ts of a tornado
    • Check your supply of flashlights/batteries, radios and other equipment that may be useful.
    • Remind everyone of the safest area in your building.
    • AND IMPORTANTLY … discuss your policy with your staff about leaving campus during a severe storm or tornado to check on a situation at home or elsewhere.
    • (If you prepare today for possible severe weather tomorrow, this may lessen your need to leave campus if a severe storm or tornado strikes.)
    • LEAVING CAMPUS: Anyone who wishes to leave campus during a tornado warning, should first check with his or her supervisor. It must be understood that people who leave campus are taking either annual leave or unpaid leave—and are responsible for themselves.
  7. Check your school: If you have children in school, call your school today and make sure you know its policy about releasing children and/or running buses during severe weather. Make sure you carry your school's phone number.
  8. Check at home: If you have pets, babysitters/children or elderly family members at home, make sure accommodations are made for them and that you have discussed a plan of action in the event of a severe storm or tornado tomorrow. Make sure everyone at home has your cell phone number.
  9. Check your day-care center: If you have children in a day-care facility, make sure you understand the center's policy in the event of severe weather. Make sure you exchange phone information.
  10. Faculty: Please plan ahead for assignments/classroom work in case your class is interrupted tomorrow by a tornado warning or, in extreme circumstances, the university should be closed. The closing of the university is issued from the President's Office.

Tornado Protection (pdf)

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