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.