Tornadoes are prone to this area and may occur with little to no notice. Being prepared for a tornado can help reduce your risk of injury.
How to prepare
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
- Monitor the local weather to stay abreast of potential outbreaks.
- Familiarize yourself with the warning signs that can indicate a tornado, such as:
- Dark sky
- Large hail
- Large, dark, low-lying clouds that could be rotating
- Loud roar
- Identify in advance a place to seek shelter.
What to do during a tornado
- Seek shelter indoors in the lowest interior room without windows.
- If possible, seek further shelter under a desk or sturdy table.
After the tornado
- Take caution in exiting your shelter area. Structures may be compromised, debris may be present outside. Watch out for broken glass and other hazards.
- Report any injuries to campus police at 704-687-2200 or by using a blue light phone.
- Stay out of any building if you smell gas. If you think you smell gas, call campus police immediately at 704-687-2200.
- Do not touch downed tree limbs or wires, as they may still be live.
- If you notice an on-campus power outage or structural damage from the storm, call Facilities Management at 704-687-1311.