In the event of severe weather, the National Weather Station will issue a warning or advisory. Weather alerts can include, but are not limited to, ice storms, snowstorms, thunderstorms, or tornado watches and warnings. Do not use your cell phone or any type of portable phone during a thunderstorm
If possible, stay inside your building, away from windows and other areas with glass. If you are outside, immediately go into a building to avoid possible falling tree limbs and other debris
In the event of an earthquake/severe weather warning:
- Give drop, cover, and hold on command – stay low and cover head
- After shaking stops, check for injuries, and render first aid
- Contact 911 and/or Campus Safety to notify them of your location
- If you exit the building, DO NOT return to the building unless cleared by emergency personnel and/or Campus Safety
- DO NOT light any fires
- Keep at least 200 feet from building or any downed power lines
- Check attendance whether or not evacuation takes place; report any missing students to Campus Safety and/or Emergency personnel
- Stay alert for aftershocks
- Emergency Personnel and/or Campus Safety will issue further instructions
Drop, Cover, and Hold On Procedures
If you are able, DROP to the ground immediately; take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops. If you use a wheelchair or have mobility impairments and cannot Drop, Cover, and Hold On, protect your head and neck with your arms, and bend over to protect yourself if you are able. If you cannot Drop, Cover, and Hold On, you should immediately take action to protect your head and neck with a pillow or your arms, and bend over to protect yourself if you are able.
Move to a clear area away from wires, buildings, and anything else that could fall and hurt you, but only if you can safely do so. Otherwise stay where you are. If you are able, Drop, Cover, and Hold On or protect your head and neck as best possible. If you use a wheelchair or have other mobility impairments and cannot Drop, Cover, and Hold On, protect your head and neck with your arms, and bend over to protect yourself if you are able. Stay where you are until the shaking stops. Only move indoors when it is clear that it is safe to do so; do not re-enter buildings until it is determined to be safe by emergency personnel.