Severe Weather

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Call 9-911 from an on-campus phone and 911 from a cell phone to report an emergency that needs immediate assistance from police and rescue personnel.


If you receive a FriarALERT or emergency warning or weather alert via TV or radio notification:

  • Move to a safe location – normally, the basement or lowest level of the building.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Interior hallways and bathrooms on the lowest level possible offer the best shelter.
  • In a high-rise building, vacate the top floors and move to a lower floor (preferably the third floor or below) or basement.
  • If you are not able to reach the basement, go to an interior room, hallway or bathroom with no windows, on the lowest floor possible.
  • Share notification with others; assist persons with disabilities if possible.
  • If you are in a vehicle, get out and seek indoor shelter. If a building is not available, lying in a depression such as a ditch or ravine offers some protection. Be aware of
  • flooding.
  • Watch out for flying debris; do not call 911 unless you need emergency assistance

FLOOD

  • Move chemicals, research paperwork, and sensitive equipment to a secure location.
  • Water-reactive chemicals should be removed and secured away from the immediate threat.
  • Evacuate the building, following the College’s Emergency Evacuation Plan, if/when directed to do so.
  • Do not use elevators. Use stairways to leave the building if an evacuation is necessary; assist individuals who cannot evacuate by themselves.

HURRICANE

  • Move chemicals, research paperwork, and sensitive equipment to a secure location.
  • Move to designated areas or evacuate as ordered by authorities.
  • Evacuate the building, following the College’s Emergency Evacuation Plan, if/when directed to do so.
  • Do not use elevators. Use stairways to leave the building if an evacuation is necessary; assist individuals who cannot evacuate by themselves.

TORNADO

  • Bring all persons inside buildings. Close windows and blinds.
  • Move to basement level, or small, interior rooms without windows on the lowest floor.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Faculty and Supervisors should take class rosters and emergency contact lists and account for students and staff once in a safe area.
  • Remain in a safe area until the warning expires or until an all-clear signal has been issued.