4.9 Weather Safety

Each residence hall floor has an evacuation and severe weather shelter diagram showing evacuation routes. 

Take a minute to go out into the hall, find the sign and memorize evacuation routes and shelter-in-place locations. 

Safe areas in the residence halls will be away from windows or exterior doors. 

Weather Terms  

Tornado Watch: A watch is issued when conditions are favorable, for example, either for a severe thunderstorm or tornadoes. It does not mean severe weather is imminent however, conditions are favorable for tornadoes. 

Tornado Warning: Means severe weather is imminent, and residents should take cover. 

After a Tornado 

Stay in a group and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity. 

Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, or other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged buildings or apartments; they could collapse at any time. 

Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews, and university personnel. 

Updated August 2022 

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