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Tornado Safety

Tornados are nature's most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornados can cause devastation in seconds. Before a tornado hits, be prepared.

Check weather information! If a tornado "watch" is issued for your area, it means a tornado is "possible." If a tornado "warning" is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or is strongly indicated on radar, and it is time to go to a safe shelter immediately.

If a tornado warning is issued, the campus emergency alert system will be activated. All individuals should proceed to designated Tornado Staging Areas. Tornado Staging Area maps can be found on URSA under the "safety" tab.

  • Do not use the general building alarm to signal a tornado alert!
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums (large open spaces) and window areas.
  • Crouch down on the floor and cover your head with your arms.
  • Take a radio to the shelter if you have one (to check weather updates) and cell phone.  Bring along water bottles, coats, snacks or any food you have available.
  • Do not leave campus in your vehicle or on foot during a warning. If you are in your car or outdoors, enter the nearest building. If you cannot make it to a building, find a ditch or depression in the ground to lie in. Cover your head with your arms. Do not remain in your car!

Any additional questions regarding tornado safety on campus contact the EH&S department.