Tornado Safe Areas

The following areas are the designated tornado "safe areas." In the event of a tornado warning, immediately seek shelter in the safe area of the building your are in. Do not try to move to a different building! If you are outside, seek shelter in the nearest building.

REMEMBER: If you can't make it to the designated safe area, go to the lowest possible interior room, stay away from windows and cover your neck and head.

Residence Halls

When sheltering from a tornado in any residence hall or apartment, try to cover your head with a pillow or mattress.

King Hall

  • Go to the basement hall against the east wall or stairwell.
  • If a storm is imminent, use your own judgment in getting to a safe area, such as a closet or inner room away from windows, or under a bed.

MacLean Hall

  • Go to the basement recreation room or basement bathrooms.
  • If a storm is imminent, use your own judgment in getting to a safe area, such as a closet or inner room away from windows, or under a bed.

Smith Hall

  • Go to the basement.
  • If a storm is imminent, use your own judgment getting to a safe area, such as a closet or inner room away from windows, or under a bed.

Campus Apartments (Cary-Wortz, Bagwell-Jones, Mabee, and Trustee)

  • Go to the lower level bathrooms and laundry rooms. These areas are specially designed as safe areas, with additional concrete and steel.

Other Campus Buildings

Boreham Business Building

  • Go to the restrooms or study rooms on first floor.
  • Stay out of the hallways!!

Earl Maintenance Facility

  • If there is time, vacate to Mabee Sports Complex or Seay Student Center.
  • If a storm is imminent and you can't vacate, go to the inner offices.

Jones Learning Center

  • Go to any inner room away from windows.

Mabee Administration Building

  • Go to basement.

Mabee Sports Complex

  • Move to the area under east bleachers, weight room, trainer's room or offices in that same area, or to interior restrooms.

Munger-Wilson Memorial Chapel

  • Go to the basement.
  • Stay in the hallway or restrooms.

Seay Guest Cottage

  • Go to the bathroom or closet.
  • If time permits, vacate for a basement area in another building you know is unlocked.

Seay Student Center

  • Go to the first floor rest rooms, Purple and Gold room or CAB office.

Smith-Broyles Science Center

  • Go to the lowest interior room, such as restrooms or the center stairwells.
  • Stay out of the hallways and away from the windows!

Robson Library

  • Go to lower level rest rooms, inner study rooms or the Oklahoma Conference Room.
  • Stay out of the halls and the rotunda!

Walker Hall

  • Go to any room on the lower level that has no windows.
  • If there is no time to vacate upper floors, go to restrooms or east side exit stairwells.
  • Stay out of all areas where the skylight is in view!!