Weather Emergencies

Winter Weather

In the event that weather conditions delays the start of the work and class day, or requires the closing of the university, the following will occur:

The President or the Vice President for Business and Finance and the Provost in the President's absence, will make the decision to either cancel classes, open late or close the university. 

Information relating to university closing or delayed start will be sent to students, faculty and staff via the emergency notification system.  It will also be posted on the 556-1010 information line and provided to local radio and television stations. 



Tornado

  1. Be aware of the Civil Defense sirens used if a tornado is sighted.
  2. If indoors, go to the lowest level of the building. Interior hallways or rooms are preferable, away from glass windows.
  3. If outdoors, go to the nearest ditch or depression, away from power lines, buildings, and trees. Do not stay in a car or attempt to outrun the tornado.
  4. After the tornado has passed, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is needed, call 911. Be aware of dangerous structural conditions. Report damaged facilities to Security at  x1111.
    Note: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Do not light a match or smoke. Refer to section on utility failure.
  5. Notify emergency personnel of persons with disabilities who are in the building and are not able to evacuate.
  6. Do not use elevators in case of fire.
  7. Once outside, move to a clear area a safe distance from and within sight of the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If requested, assist emergency personnel. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by Security or public safety personnel.


Earthquake

  1. If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. During an earthquake exit the building only after the shaking has stopped.
  2. If outdoors, move away from utility poles and buildings. Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  3. After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call 911. Be prepared for aftershocks.
  4. Report damaged facilities to Security at  x1111.
    Note: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the sections on utility failures. Do not light a match or smoke.
  5. Do not use elevators in case of fire.
  6. Once outside, move to a clear area a safe distance from and within sight of the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. If requested, assist emergency personnel. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by Security or public safety personnel.