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Inclement Weather Policy

When severe weather threatens, it is important to have a plan to stay safe. Your plan should begin with an understanding of what the National Weather Service watches and warning mean. You should also know what to do in the event of severe weather, and where the designated safe areas on campus are located.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

When a severe thunderstorm watch is issued, this means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of thunderstorms which could become severe.

There is typically no immediate threat. However, you should keep a radio, television, or weather radio nearby and be prepared to move to a safe location should weather conditions change.

Tornado Watch

When a tornado watch is issued, this means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms that could produce a tornado.

There is typically no immediate threat. However, keep a radio, television or weather monitor turned on. Be prepared to move to the safest location should weather conditions change.

Remember: sometimes tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado such as a dark, often greenish sky, large hail, or a loud roar similar to a freight train. If any of these conditions are observed, seek shelter immediately, whether a warning has been issued or not!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

If a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, this means that a thunderstorm capable of producing hail, damaging winds, and dangerous lightening is occuring or is imminent.

When a warning has been issued, you should:

If you are caught outside during a severe thunderstorm, try to get inside a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm!

If you aren't able to find shelter:

Tornado Warning

If a tornado warning has been issued, this means that the National Weather Service radar has detected rotation within a storm, a funnel cloud has been observed, or a tornado is actually on the ground.

When a tornado warning is issued you should:

Flooding

During periods of heavy rainfall, there is always a potential for flooding to occur. You should:

Campus Safe Areas - Building by Building

In the event of a tornado warning, immediately seek shelter in the building your are in, or in the closest building. Do not try to move to a different building!

Residence Halls - In all residence halls, 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 and Mabee)

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

Other Campus Building

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 Gym 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 a skylight is in view!!

REMEMBER: Always go to the lowest possible interior room, stay away from windows and cover your neck and head.

Information sources during inclement weather
Radio Stations:
KLYR: FM 92.7
KXIO: FM 106.9
KUOZ: 100.5 FM

Television Stations
Channels 2 & 5
TV-6 (U of O station): Channel 6

Important Phone Numbers
Johnson Regional Medical Center: 754-5454
Clarksville Police Dept.: 754-8100
Johnson County Sheriff: 754-2200
Emergency Services: 911
American Red Cross: 754-6499
Clarksville Fire Department: 754-8300
U of O Security: 979-2020 & 979-5600
U of O Student Life Office: 979-1322