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Severe Weather

Severe Weather

High Wind

High wind can topple trees, outdoor equipment, electrical lines, and can send debris flying.

  • Seek shelter immediately.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Do not open windows.
  • Avoid buildings with wide span roofs.


  • Avoid flooded areas.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Unplug appliances (do not touch wet electrical equipment).
  • Never attempt to cross flooded areas wither on foot or in your vehicle, no matter how shallow the water appears.

Lightning Storms:

Shut down outdoor activities if lightning is less than 10 miles away. Use a "flash to bang" (lightning to thunder) approach to calculate lightning distance. A count of five seconds equals one mile in distance (10 sec. = 2 miles).

  • Stay or move indoors or inside a metal topped, enclosed vehicle.
  • If outside, stay low.
  • Stay away from trees, flog poles, and metal fences.
  • Avoid plumbing fixtures and appliances.
  • Do not use corded phones or electronic equipment.

People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to assist. Call 911 and get emergency help immediately.

Winter Storms:

When a severe storm occurs and impacts campus, the university will decide whether to cancel classes or whether personnel should leave work early. Personnel are notified through supervisory channels and Y-Alerts. Please follow directions provided.

  • Stay inside.
  • Use telephones only for life-threatening emergencies.
  • Eat enough food and drink plenty of water.