All campus buildings have pre-established tornado shelters. These shelters are typically located on the lowest level of a building in an interior hallway, room, or stairwell. It is necessary to stay away from doors or windows as these may be avenues for debris to fly around causing injuries or death. If a tornado is imminent, building occupants should get into the “tornado safety position” (i.e., get down on your knees and elbows, lock fingers together around the back of the neck.).
Tornado shelter building maps can be found on the Owens website.
In the event of a Tornado Warning, Employee Notification will come as an Announcement made verbally by a Police Officer, a member of the Building & Grounds Department, Emergency Response Building Coordinator and/or by a broadcast using the Campus Emergency Broadcast System.
Below is information for when you receive information that a tornado warning has been issued.
Instructors are legally liable for students while under their control in the classroom. In order avoid liability issues you must take control of your class in an emergency situation by making sure that necessary actions to protect have been taken.
If you are in a building
If you are in vehicle:
If you are caught outside with no shelter:
If you are caught in an office with a window or exterior wall with little or no warning:
AT THE SHELTER
NOTE: Classes are temporarily suspended during a tornado warning.
Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms and be prepared to seek shelter.
Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent or has been indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters. Move to your pre-designated place of safety immediately!
By definition, a tornado warning is an alert by the National Weather Service confirming a tornado sighting and location. The weather service will announce the approximate time of detection and movement. Wind speed will be 75 mph or greater.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch means severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning means a severe thunderstorm is imminent or has been indicated by Doppler radar or reported by storm spotters.