A tornado watch signifies that weather conditions exist that could produce tornadoes. A tornado warning indicates there has been a sighting or detection of an advancing tornado. If the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, an emergency may be declared for the campus.


As a precaution:

  • Move quickly to an underground area such as a basement.
  • If an underground area is not available, use: 
  • a) Small interior rooms without windows on the lowest floor.
         b) Hallways on the lowest floor away from doors and windows.
       c) Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick or block, with no windows and a heavy 
               concrete floor or roof system.
       d) Any protected area away from doors and windows.

As soon as the tornado passes:

  • Evacuate–DO NOT use elevators.
  • Assist those with special needs.
  • If smoke or heat is present, do not open doors (see the section on Fire on page 20).
  • Be alert to open or unprotected floor openings, shafts, etc.
  • Avoid areas of potential collapse.
  • Be alert for energized electrical equipment, wiring, fixtures, etc.
  • Proceed to assembly area as directed by College or other emergency officials.
  • Return to the building only when given the “all clear” signal by emergency personnel.