Tornado Safety

General information

Tornadoes may be generated in the clash of cold arctic air masses with warm tropical masses.  Such conditions may occur in our area from early spring to late fall.  In addition to tornadoes, other damaging weather conditions such as violent thunderstorms, flash floods, lightning, and hail can be produced from like circumstances.  While tornadoes are nature's most intensive and locally powerful wind¬storms, the area actually hit by tornadoes is very small when compared with hurricanes or the area affected by an earthquake.  It is true that warning areas may include hundreds of square miles but the area struck is usually small.

The U.S. Weather service keeps constant watch on weather conditions throughout the country and issues timely alerts to areas that may be involved in severe weather

Tornado Watch

This is issued by the U.S. Weather Service to include areas where conditions are such that severe weather might develop.  A WATCH should not be construed as a cause for alarm but rather as a signal to watch for further developments and information.

Tornado Warning

This is issued by the U.S. Weather Service and/or Emergency Preparedness. When a WARNING is issued, a funnel cloud (or tornado) has been sighted either visually or on radar.   When a WARNING is issued, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Emergency Sirens 

These sirens are activated only by Emergency Preparedness.  A SIREN means an emergency exists and to move indoors, seek shelter and turn ' on your radio or television immediately for further instructions.  

Outdoor warning sirens will be tested every Tuesday at 12:00pm beginning with Severe Awareness Week in March through the month of September. Testing will be the first Tuesday of the month during October and November. This test may be postponed or canceled based on the current or forecast weather for the day.  (

In the event of a tornado warning, please proceed directly to the following areas of shelter or to an interior hallway on the lowest floor.

BROADHURST:  Move to 1st floor hallways of Broadhurst with fire doors closed. 

COLE:  1st floor hallway.

REID:  Move to lowest floor interior stairwell. If time allows proceed to White PE men’s locker room.

SUTTON:  Move to first floor hallway with fire doors shut.

WALLINGFORD:  Move to first floor hallways with fire doors shut.

HONOR APTS:  Go to the bathroom area. If time allows, proceed to Mossman basement or take shelter in the smallest room (bathroom or closet) near the middle of the apartment.

SHRIWISE:  First floor move to your bathroom. If time allows, proceed to Mossman basement, or take shelter in the smallest room (bathroom or  closet) near the middle of the apartment.

WARREN APTS:  If time allows, proceed to the White PE men’s locker room, or take shelter in the smallest room (bathroom or closet) near the middle of the apartment.

CHRISTY:  Christy basement hallway leading to Little Theatre.

STUDENT CENTER:  First floor storage room hallway.

DARBETH:  Darbeth lower level.

WROTEN:  Darbeth lower level.

MOSSMAN AND BEECH:  Mossman basement.

DOLE CENTER FOR TEACHER EDUCATION:  Mossman basement if time allows, or interior hallway.

LIBRARY:  Library basement.

STEWART:  Lowest level of Stewart or White PE men’s locker room.

WHITE PE:  White PE men’s locker room.

WELCOME CENTER:  Mossman basement if time allows or interior hallway, bathroom or closet.





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