In the event of severe weather conditions, you should:
- Monitor local weather.
- Stay alert for severe weather warnings from Spartan Alert.
- Stay calm.
- Warn persons in your area of the threat.
- Seek shelter and remain there until the threat is over.
- Make an emergency kit: you need enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven days for each person and pet.
- Report any damages to campus police as soon as possible.
- Evacuate any damaged structures
Tornado Warnings and Watches
The University will send out notifications through Spartan Alert when there is a tornado warning that is specific for campus. The University will also send out notifications through the Spartan Safe App whether is a tornado watch issued specifically for Guilford County.
Tornado Warning: Take Action!
If the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a tornado warning for the campus area, the University will activate the Spartan Alert emergency notification system. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, or that radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation that can spawn a tornado.
You need to take immediate safety precautions:
- Seek shelter immediately.
- Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
- Avoid windows.
- If no shelter is available, lie down in a low-lying area.
- Protect yourself from flying debris.
Spartan Alert will send a text message to registered cell phones and start other notifications including campus e-mail, Spartan Alert social media and the Spartan Safe App.
Tornado Watch: Be Prepared!
A watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The weather service says people in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings.
If the NWS issues a tornado watch for Guilford County, the University will send an a notification primarily through the Spartan Safe App and social media.
You need to be prepared:
- Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies in your safe room.
- Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.
- Acting early helps save lives!
Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The weather service updates this information regularly. The University will not send additional notifications to the campus community about a tornado watch since the status of those often change frequently during a weather event. If a new weather pattern enters the area that prompts a fresh watch after a 24-hour period, the University will reissue the watch notice as part of the ongoing monitoring efforts for potential serious weather conditions.