Before the Storm
- Locate a basement or corridor shelter location in your building.
- Stay informed through local media sources on days when severe weather is expected.
- Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery backup to receive warnings.
- Keep a good reliable flashlight in your office/work area.
During the Storm – Possible Indicators of a Tornado
- Dark, often greenish sky.
- Large hail.
- Loud roar, similar to a train.
- Cloud of debris (the tornado may not be visible).
- Wind suddenly becomes calm and still.
- Frequent lightning.
- Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a storm.
When Taking Shelter
- Vacate upper floors and move to a lower floor or to the basement of any building that has a basement. (Safe locations have been posted in every building on campus) Position yourself in the safest portion of the area away from glass. Be prepared to kneel facing a wall and cover your head.
- Occupants of wood-frame or brick buildings with wood floors should leave the building and go directly to a more substantial concrete building, preferably with a basement.
- A “Tornado Watch” is issued when atmospheric conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in a given area.
Under watch conditions stay informed by listening to radio or television.
- A “Tornado Warning” indicates that a tornado is imminent and poses a definite threat to a given area.
If the warning is for your area you should take shelter immediately!
ALL HAZARDS WARNING SIGNALS
- Outdoor sirens will sound for a period in excess of two minutes. When this occurs, tune into local radio and TV stations to determine the nature of the emergency.
- A voice message will be broadcast over local radio and television stations.
- The ALL CLEAR signal is announced by radio and television stations. The sirens remain silent.
OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM TESTING
- UCA’s outdoor warning sirens are tested at 11:50 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month except during periods of adverse weather conditions.