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 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.
Disruption to Campus
Know the differences between Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning, it can save your life.
Storm systems with a high likelihood of spawning tornadoes can disrupt the normal operating schedule even if no tornadoes directly hit the campus. Example of this occurred in 2017 when campus elected to close based on information given to us via the National Weather Service. During that outbreak, 35 confirmed tornadoes touched down along a system line stretching from Florida to Ohio. Fortunately, none of these storms affected the Chattanooga area.
*Tornado Watches are issued by a county basis, which can typically stretch to multiple counties and sometimes different states. This means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Discuss your emergency plans with your Resident Assistant or Resident Director and be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.
Tornado Warnings are indicated by a zone or path issued by the local forecast office, for us it is Morristown, TN. This means there is imminent danger to life and property. When the National Weather Service designates a Tornado Warning, a Wireless Emergency Alert is sent to all capable phones in the warning area. Check your phone to see if your phone is capable and the alerts are on.