Section 4.12: Severe Weather/Tornado Warnings
In the event that the weather becomes severe enough to warrant action, the Student Affairs Staff Member On-Call with the assistance of the ADRLs and Campus Safety will contact the residence hall staff. Action should also be taken if the city alarm (a sustained siren) is activated, or if there is a RAM Alert sent out. Staff should monitor TV and radio broadcast throughout the warning.
If a severe weather warning is communicated to hall staff, all available staff in the building should coordinate their efforts to inform residents of the impending weather and take the following precautions:
- Residents should move to inner hallways or inner stairwells, closing and securing their rooms as they leave. Generally, the lowest in the building the residents can move the better.
- Residents are to avoid the top floors of the building and such areas as the entrances, foyers, lobbies, stairwells, or any area that may be glass enclosed or has a large unsupported roof.
- Despite natural curiosity, students should not go outside.
- Staff should attempt to take their flashlight and a portable radio to their place of shelter.
- Do not move until the tornado or storm is well out of the area and the warning has been officially lifted.
- During the severe weather warning, residents are to remain in the place of shelter until the warning has been officially lifted.
- Follow up with the appropriate work orders, to be turned in by the following workday.
Designated Shelters in Residence Halls
Armstrong House Basement
Bowman-Carter Hall SE hallway by vending
Dows Hall Basement
Merner Hall 1st Floor Hallways
Smith Hall 1st Floor Apartment Hallways
Olin Hall 0-Deck Hallways
Pauley-Rorem Hall Basement Storage Room
Pfeiffer Hall Garden Level Hallways
Russell Hall Community Room
Tarr Hall Main Floor Hallway
Tenth Ave Apartments Basement
The Cottage Basement
Wilch Apartments Basement