If a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, this means that a tornado or funnel cloud has been sighted in our area visually and/or on Doppler Radar. The City of Richmond activates warning sirens when a tornado warning is issued.
Tornado Warnings are also automatically issued through the campus Emergency Notification System.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Remain calm-this will help you to think clearly.
- Relay the warning to others in the area and people that you are responsible to notify and take attendance.
- Be prepared for the possibility of a tornado.
- Proceed to your areas designated shelter area within your building.
- Crouch near the floor or under heavy, well-supported objects and protect your head and neck.
- Monitor local weather information.
- Remain sheltered until warnings have expired (no all clear signal is broadcast)
Please note: There is no guaranteed safe place during a tornado. However, it is important to seek shelter in the best location to help minimize your exposure.
AREAS OF SAFETY:
Designated shelter areas within your building (rooms and corridors in the lowest innermost part of the building and basements).
AREAS TO AVOID:
- Stay clear of windows, corridors with windows, or large free-standing expanses.
- DO NOT use elevators during a tornado warning.