Weather Emergencies

Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). If a tornado or dangerous storm approaches this area, forecasters are able to track the storm using advanced weather radar. Trained storm spotters and local officials report tornadoes on the ground or very severe thunderstorms to the NWS office. A tornado warning means an actual tornado and/or a very severe thunderstorm has been identified in the area by spotters and/or radar. Outdoor warning will be given through the Emergency Warning System. Warnings are also done through a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio system.

  • If in the warning area, seek shelter immediately. (For shelter locations, see Campus Emergency Guide)
  • If in a vehicle, get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If a building is not available, a depression such as a ditch or ravine offers some protection.
  • Do not open windows. This can increase damage to buildings. Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Basements, interior hallways on the lower floors, windowless rooms, and small interior rooms on the lower floors offer the best shelter.
  • Report injuries and damage to the Public Safety Department at 651-(96)2-5100.
  • Notify departmental administrative office.
  • For emergency response call 651-(96)2-5555.

    *NOTE: If there is the smell of natural gas, don’t use any telephones, cell phones, light switches, or other electrical or electronic equipment. Leave the area immediately. If there are any electrical lines down, assume they are live and DO NOT touch them. When in a safe area, notify Public Safety at 651-(96)2-5555.

What Will Happen Next

  • Public Safety officers will respond to the scene.
  • Public Safety will notify police/fire departments.
  • The responding officers will assess the situation and update the Public Safety supervisor.
  • The Public Safety supervisor will then call the Manager on Duty and if warranted, the manager will call the Director of Public Safety.
  • If there is any damage to the grounds or buildings, the Associate Vice President of Physical Plant and the Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services will be notified.
  • A determination will be made by the Director of Public Safety if the Crisis Response Team will be contacted.