Severe Weather

If severe weather is likely (winter storm, high winds, lightning, hail, flash floods):

  • Monitor the weather for local conditions.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Avoid driving in conditions that make driving hazardous (ice, high winds, flash flooding, etc.)
  • Seek appropriate shelter. (If there is a thunderstorm, remain there until thirty minutes after the last rumble of thunder.)
  • Remember that sheds, tents and covered porches don’t protect from lightning!
  • During a thunderstorm:
         -Find a sturdy building or get into a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed.
         -Don’t take a bath, shower or use other plumbing.
         -Stay away from tall trees, utility poles and towers.
         -Keep away from electrical equipment, wiring and water pipes.
         -Do NOT use a corded phone if you hear thunder. (Cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.)
         -Unplug sensitive electronics.

  • Avoid high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines or tunnels.
  • Don’t drive through a flooded road. Even a few inches of water can be deadly.
  • If in class or at work, monitor campus notifications and follow the directions provided.

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