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Tornadoes / Severe Weather Emergency Procedures

Tornado Watch: The National Weather Service issues a tornado watch when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Watches are generally issued for the duration of a 4 to 8 hour period, well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.

Tornado Warning: The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning when a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by spotters. People in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately.

Outdoor Warning System: The National Weather Service will sound sirens just like a tornado warning if strong winds in excess of 70 miles per hour are predicted.

IC Alert: The IC Alert system will only be activated when storm threats are in the immediate vicinity of campus. Severe weather sirens are activated by the City of Jacksonville on an all-city basis.

Shelter-in-Place | Tornado

If inside a building:

  • Go to the lowest level of the building, if possible
  • Stay away from windows
  • Do not use elevators
  • Go to an interior hallway
  • Use arms to protect head and neck in a "drop and tuck" position

If there is no time to get inside:

  • Lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building
  • Be aware of potential for flooding
  • Use arms to protect head and neck in a "drop and tuck" position
  • Use a jacket, cap, backpack, or any similar items, if available, to protect your face and eyes