Tornado & Thunderstorm Procedures
A tornado or thunderstorm WATCH means you should be prepared to take cover if threatening conditions are sighted. A tornado or thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local National Weather Service facility, and means a tornado or severe thunderstorm is imminent. Persons close to the storm should take shelter immediately, and remain there until the danger has passed.
Under a WARNING individuals should seek shelter in building interiors such as hallways, restrooms, interior classrooms and to AVOID windows, doors and large open areas such as gymnasiums and auditoriums.
Shelter areas are marked with Tornado Shelter signage:
When the tornado warning alarm is made, go immediately to the designated shelter. Do not go outside. If you are outside when the announcement is made, you need to seek shelter in the nearest available building.
If the storm has already hit the college and you cannot make it to a designated shelter, take cover in a classroom or office away from the outside walls. Try to take cover under any heavy furniture near an inside wall or inside a closet. Assume a curled position to protect your head and eyes. Stay away from glass windows and doors.
Remain in the designated shelter until the "all clear" message is broadcast once the emergency is over.
Individuals should seek shelter in building interiors such as hallways, restrooms, interior classrooms and AVOID windows, doors and large open areas such as gymnasiums and auditoriums.