Severe Weather Safety Procedures

Occasionally the arrival of spring is accompanied by periods of violent weather. To minimize the possibility of personal injury and property damage, the National Weather Service and Office of Civil Defense have developed an early warning system. This early warning information also serves as an assurance that weather conditions are being intelligently observed and promptly reported.

The National Weather Service severe weather warnings fall into the following categories:

  1. Severe Thunderstorm Watch: conditions favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms, high winds and hail.
  2. Severe Thunderstorm Warning: thunderstorms, high winds and hail are in the area.
  3. Tornado Watch: conditions favorable for the formation of tornadoes.
  4. Tornado Warning: tornadoes are in the area. TAKE COVER.

The Information Technology Systems Coordinator keeps the seminary informed of weather conditions. In the event a “Tornado Watch” is declared by the National Weather Service, we will disseminate this information to the seminary community. The decision to terminate a class or activity, to close the library, or close any office will be the responsibility of the vice president for administration and in his or her absence the vice president for academic affairs.

Persons in charge of activities in the chapel, the physical education building, the Fine Arts Auditorium, the seminary chapel and auditorium, and the Gezon Auditorium must monitor the weather conditions during a “Tornado Watch.” Staff must inform persons in these areas of the “Tornado Watch” as a matter of information. Staff must be prepared to evacuate these areas quickly and move persons in these areas to a place of shelter in the event the “Tornado Watch” is changed to a “Tornado Warning.”

Tornado Warning information will be disseminated in the same manner as the “Watch” supplemented by a wavering tone sounded by the emergency sirens located east of the campus. When a “Warning” is received, all personnel must take cover in the basement areas, corridors or inside walls of the seminary building or the basements in the seminary housing buildings. Cancellation of the warnings will be announced on radio and T.V. stations.

General Comments:

  1. Tornadoes generally travel from the southwest to the northeast.
  2. Splintered glass and flying debris inflict most injuries in a tornado. Stay away from windows.
  3. Don’t use the telephone except in an emergency. Help keep the lines open.
  4. Keep your radio tuned to a local radio station.
  5. Don’t smoke in a shelter area. If the electric power is interrupted, the ventilating system shuts off.
  6. If the electric power is interrupted, many phones are inoperative.