During a tornado stay calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  1. If indoors, seek shelter in the lowest level of the building. Interior hallways or rooms are preferable. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
  2. If outdoors, take cover in the nearest ditch or depression and away from power lines, buildings, trees, and metal objects. DO NOT STAY IN A CAR OR ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN THE TORNADO.
  3. After the tornado has passed, evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, contact the University Police at 911 and the building contact person. Be aware at all times of dangerous structural conditions around you.
  4. Damaged facilities should be reported to the University Police. NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the section on utility failure.
  5. ASSIST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EXITING THE BUILDING! DO NOT USE ELEVATORS IN CASE OF FIRE.
  6. Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building(s). Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  7. If requested, assist the University Police and/or the building contact person.
  8. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the University Police or the building contact person.
  9. If necessary an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated by the University Police Department.
  10. All emergency procedures will be directed through the Emergency Operations Center. Building contact persons will be in contact with the EOC and communications will flow through the building contact person.
  11. STAY CALM. All emergency response efforts will require clear thinking and cooperation from all members of the campus community.
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