A tornado watch signifies that weather conditions exist that
could produce tornadoes. A tornado warning indicates there has
been a sighting or detection of an advancing tornado. If the
National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, an emergency
may be declared for the campus.
As a precaution:
- Move quickly to an underground area such as a basement.
- If an underground area is not available, use:
- Small interior rooms without windows on the lowest floor.
- Hallways on the lowest floor away from doors and windows.
- Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick, or block,
with no windows and a heavy concrete floor or roof system.
- Any protected area away from doors and windows.
As soon as the tornado passes:
- Evacuate–DO NOT use elevators.
- Assist those with special needs.
- If smoke or heat is present, do not open doors (see the section on Fire).
- Be alert to open or unprotected floor openings, shafts, etc.
- Avoid areas of potential collapse.
- Be alert for energized electrical equipment, wiring, fixtures, etc.
- Proceed to assembly area as directed by College or other emergency officials.
- Return to the building only when given the "all clear" signal by emergency personnel.