Tornado Preparation and Response

Emergency Action

  1. Avoid automobiles and open areas.
  2. Move to a basement or corridor.
  3. Stay away from windows.
  4. Do not call 911 unless you require medical assistance.

Preparation Before the Storm

  1. Locate an accessible basement or corridor location in your building.
  2. Identify sheltered areas away from glass and exterior walls
  3. Stay informed through local media sources on days when severe weather is expected.
  4. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery backup to receive warnings.
  5. Keep a good reliable flashlight in your office/work area.
  6. Contact the Campus Emergency Preparedness Office at 4-0446 for more information.

Response to the Storm

  1. A "Tornado Warning" issued by the National Weather Service means a tornado has been sighted or radar has indicated intense low level rotation in the presence of atmospheric conditions conductive to tornado development and you must seek shelter immediately.
  2. When an exterior siren sounds or a NOAA weather radio sounds a warning alarm tone, you must seek shelter immediately (Exterior sirens will sound for three minutes).
  3. Proceed to the lowest floor of any building.
  4. Position yourself in an interior corridor away from window glass.
  5. A "Tornado Warning" can be considered ALL CLEAR when the National Weather Service states that the "Tornado Warning" has expired. Local radio and television can be used as a source for the expiration of the "Tornado Warning" time period. The sirens will remain silent.
  6. Always remain in a place of shelter until you receive an all-clear message or until you are sure the tornado has passed.
  7. Notify the Police Department of any emergency conditions resulting from the storm.
  8. Stay out of damaged buildings.
  9. Avoid buildings and areas with broken utility lines (i.e., gas, electric, water).

During the Storm-Possible Indicators of a Tornado

  1. Dark, often greenish sky.
  2. Large hail.
  3. Loud roar, similar to a train.
  4. Cloud of debris (the tornado may not be visible).
  5. Wind becomes calm and still.
  6. Frequent lightning.
  7. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a storm.