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High Winds or Tornado

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In the event of high winds or tornado related weather conditions, the following safety procedures are recommended:

  • Avoid upper floors and especially the top floor of a multi story building whenever possible. The upper floors receive the full force of the winds.
  • Spaces in basement areas are better than locations on any other floor.
  • Interior spaces - seek out spaces that form a part of a protected interior core, if possible.
  • Avoid rooms with exterior walls, especially those facing south and west.  Rooms facing north usually receive the least damage of all exterior rooms.
  • A room that is completely interior protects against flying debris.
  • Avoid interior partitions that contain glass.
  • Avoid rooms containing windows.
  • Avoid rooms with wide roofs that could collapse easily, such as the gym and auditoriums.
  • If you are outside and you cannot get inside, crouch for protection beside a strong structure, or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area and cover your head and neck with your arms or a piece of clothing.

Visit Ready.gov to learn more about Tornado planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.


Shelter Locations

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Academic Buildings

  • Avoid upper floors and especially the top floor of a multi-story building whenever possible. The upper floors receive the full force of the winds.
  • Spaces in basement areas are better than locations on any other floor.
  • Interior spaces - seek out spaces that form a part of a protected interior core, if possible.
  • Avoid rooms with exterior walls, especially those facing south and west. Rooms facing north usually receive the least damage of all exterior rooms.
  • A room that is completely interior protects against flying debris.
  • Avoid interior partitions that contain glass.
  • Avoid rooms containing windows.
  • Avoid rooms with wide roofs that could collapse easily, such as the gym and auditoriums.
  • If you are outside and you cannot get inside, crouch for protection beside a strong structure, or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area and cover your head and neck with your arms or a piece of clothing.

Housing Units

North Campus

  • If possible, move to the lowest floor of the building.
  • We recommend that residents become acquainted with their neighbors and aware of their residence hall’s tornado shelter plan.
  • Take shelter in a restroom or rooms with no or minimal windows.
  • Duck as low to the floor as you can.
  • Cover yourself with heavy objects.
  • Remain in shelter location until an “all clear” is given.

South Campus

  • Move to the lowest floor of the building
  • Take shelter in a restroom, rooms with no or minimal windows, or hallways.
  • Remember Fire Stairways are safe!
  • Duck as low to the floor as you can
  • Cover yourself with heavy objects
  • Remain in shelter location until an “all clear” is given

 


The most important thing to remember is LISTEN TO THE WARNINGS! and TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!

April 27th, 2011 was a day of record storms for the Chattanooga area. Our campus was very fortunate to not withstand damage or loss.

On May 22, one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Mo., killing 159 people and injuring more than 1,000. A National Weather Service (NWS) Central Region Service Assessment from the U.S. Department of Commerce released in July examined the emergency warnings and response to those warnings during the tornado. Since these storms, it has been determined that the Joplin residents did not take heed in their warnings. Instead, the majority of Joplin residents did not take protective action until processing additional credible confirmation of the threat and its magnitude from a non-routine, extraordinary risk trigger. Click here to read more on this story.

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