What to do when severe weather strikes
Spring is finally here! Changing temperatures could create conditions for severe weather. So that you remain safe, take a moment to review the below information.
Dangerous weather can include thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes. Stay alert to weather conditions and seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.
- A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Monitor the situation closely if the weather deteriorates.
- A warning means severe weather has actually been observed and is imminent. Seek shelter immediately.
Severe weather tips
- Have a good flashlight on hand.
- In a thunderstorm, no place outside is safe. A substantially constructed building offers the best protection.
- Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances and plumbing.
- If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find safe shelter immediately.
- Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado is approaching the area.
- Campus warning sirens will sound a tone and a voice warning when lightning is within six miles of main campus or for a tornado warning.
- People should take shelter immediately.
- CU Safe Alerts will be sent to campus email addresses and to cell phones of people who signed up for that service.
- Tune in to local television or radio stations for the latest information about approaching severe weather.
Tornado Safety Tips
Find your “Safer Spot” prior to a possible tornado. Find a spot where you work, study or play with the following characteristics:
- Find a place away from windows and glass (Flying objects and shrouds of glass are deadly)
- Try and get to the lowest level of the structure you happen to be in
- Put as many walls between yourself and the outside (Many time this will be bathroom facilities which are typically constructed within the outside walls of most buildings.)