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Tornado



Tornado watch: 
Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

Tornado warning:
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been detected on radar or is sighted by a weather spotter. In case of a tornado warning:

  • Move immediately to a pre-designated shelter area such as a Storm Shelter, safe room, basement, storm cellar or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet or interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Put as many walls between you and the outside. If available, get under a sturdy table or piece of furniture and always protect your head and neck with your arms. Remain there until the all clear is given by local radio stations, Campus Security, police or other official sources of information. 
  • If you are outside when a tornado warning is issued and/or the sirens are sounding, take cover in a pre-designated shelter (look for the Storm Shelter Signs)or the lowest level of a building. If those are not accessible, lie in a ditch or depression away from trees and power lines and cover your head with your hands. 
  • If you are driving a vehicle, abandon the vehicle. Move into a pre-designated shelter or lowest level of a building. If a suitable structure is not available, lie down in a ditch or depression but be aware of flash flooding. 
  • If you have a disability and need help getting to a lower level for safety in a Belmont building, proceed to an area of rescue and activate the system. If you are unable to make it to an area of rescue, call Campus Security at ext 6911 or (615)460-6911 for assistance. 
  • Our office recommends that all persons have a NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio. By having a weather radio, you will get all watch and warning information directly from the National Weather Service. It’s like having a personal siren. 
  • All building occupants are to remain in the safety location until the Tornado Warning has expired or until notified that the danger has passed.

Tornado Safety Locations are designated by blue and white “Storm Shelter” signs located in most buildings. If the sign is on a wall, the safety location is the area around the sign. If the sign is on or adjacent to a door, the safety location is in the space on the other side of the door. See the Storm Shelter areas on campus.

If you cannot get to a designated Storm Shelter area, look for an area with the following:

  • No windows
  • On the lowest possible floor of a building
  • No exterior walls