Tornado / Severe Weather Guidelines

Each year tornadoes kill or injure hundreds of people. Thousands of homes and other buildings are destroyed by this weather phenomenon. A tornado is a severe storm. The winds of a tornado spiral around a wide funnel at speeds sometimes greater than 200 miles an hour. The peak tornado season in Ohio runs from April through June.

The Department of Residence Services, along with the entire university community, has developed notification and emergency procedures in the event of severe weather or tornadoes. Residents should familiarize themselves with the following information.

For up-to-date weather information, turn your radio to: Station WNIR - 100.1 FM or WKSU - 89.7 FM.

Tornado / Severe Weather Watches

When a watch has been issued, conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Be prepared to take shelter, and keep informed on the latest storm conditions. In the residence halls, Tornado Watch Notices will be posted in conspicuous areas.

Tornado Warnings

Tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted and confirmed in the area. Notification will be provided through the use of emergency warning sirens. (Note: These sirens are tested at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.) Take cover immediately. Be familiar with the list of safe places to take shelter in the event of a tornado. Residents should take shoes and blankets with them to the shelter areas.

Please Note:

  • Students should always use the stairways rather than the elevators; in the event of a power failure, elevators could be stuck between floors.
  • If there is a strong enough wind to break the glass in the stairwells, students should return to the closest corridor (inside walls, away from glass) and protect themselves from flying debris.
Residence Hall Tornado Safety Areas
Centennial Court Ground floor hallways
Dunbar First or second floor hallways
Eastway Complex First or second floor hallways
Engleman First floor hallways
Stopher/Johnson First floor hallways
Korb Basement area, first floor hallways
Lake/Olson First floor hallways
Prentice First floor hallways
Van Campen Ground floor hallways
Tri-Towers Complex Basement areas and rotunda areas where no glass is present (bathrooms and corridor) (Leebrick use first floor.)
Twin Towers First floor hallways, receiving area, bathrooms on first floor
Verder Second floor hallways