Tornado

  • A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in the area.
  • A tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado has been sighted, or indicated by weather radar, in the area.
  • Stay inside until danger has passed.
  • Seek shelter on the lowest building level, interior rooms or hallways with interior walls. Use interior spaces with short spans. Stairwells, bathrooms and closets are good spots.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the exterior of building.
  • Avoid windows and doors with glass panels.
  • Stay away from entrances. All doors around a shelter area should be closed and secured during a tornado warning.
  • Avoid areas where chemicals are stored. Chemicals and cleaning supplies should be removed from areas designated for shelter use.
  • Unsecured items (shelving, supplies, wall lockers, etc.) should either be secured or removed from shelter areas.
  • Wait for “all clear” by college officials.
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