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Tornado/ Severe Weather

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  • A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in the area.
  • A tornado warning is issued when a  tornado has been sighted, or indicated by weather radar, in the area.
  • Monitor local TV stations, radio stations, NOAA weather radio, weather related Websites, etc., for severe weather updates.
  • Be prepared to take shelter on the lowest level of your building or  residence hall if a tornado warning is issued.
  • Do not pull the fire alarm to alert others of a tornado warning.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Move to an interior hallway for shelter.
  • Wait for an all clear notification prior to returning to your work area, classroom, or living area.
  • If outdoors, lie in a ditch, low-lying area, or crouch near a building if shelter is not available or  if there is no time to get indoors.
  • If in a car with no nearby shelter, buckle your seat belt and stay low.

Additional information on preparing for severe weather.