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Reminder: Follow severe-weather procedures if tornado threatens

05/22/2013

 The victims of this week’s Oklahoma tornado disaster – the injured, the families of those who died, and all others who were affected – are very much in our thoughts here at Edinboro University.

In wake of this disaster and as we approach the anniversary of the Albion tornado, which occurred on May 31, 1985, the University would like to remind everyone about the campus’ severe-weather emergency procedures relating to tornadoes.

Tornado Watch:  Indicates conditions are right for a tornado to develop.

University Action:

Personnel will continue to monitor the weather and will prepare to initiate the Mass Notification system in the event a tornado is identified.

Personal Action: 

Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the weather and stay alert.

Tornado Warning:  Indicates that the radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado.

University Action: 

The Borough of Edinboro will activate its tornado siren.  The siren will sound for (3) one-minute-long wails.  The University will activate the Campus Emergency Alert System, which may include any or all of the following, outdoor speakers, e2 Campus text alerts, mass e-mail, broadcast voice mail and desktop pop-ups to network computers.  An “all clear” signal will be transmitted by the borough’s tornado siren when the threat has passed.  The siren will sound a 30-second-long wail.  The University will retransmit the “all clear” through the Campus Emergency Alert System.

Personal Action:

If Indoors

  • All persons should seek shelter, preferably in a basement if one is available. If a basement is unavailable, interior corridors and small rooms on the ground floor or lowest floor should be used.
  • Avoid windows if at all possible, as well as auditoriums, gymnasiums and other wide, free-span areas with large, expansive roofs.
  • The best shelter area will normally be the north/east side of the building, as most storms approach from the south or west. The area selected for shelter should always be on the side of the building away from the approach of the storm.
  • Get under a desk or a table.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Remain calm in a protected area until the threat has ceased or the danger has a passed and the “all clear” is announced.
  • Call the University Police at 911 or extension 2911 to report injuries or damage. 

If Outdoors

  • Try to seek shelter indoors, if you cannot;
  • Try to get to a protected or safe area away from buildings, windows and glass, telephone or light poles or any place where there could be falling debris.
  • Persons caught outside who cannot reach shelter safely should seek a nearby ditch or depression and lay flat, shielding their head with their arms.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Call the University Police at 911 or extension 2911 to report injuries or damage.

To sign up for e2campus text alerts, go to www.edinboro.edu and click on the Campus Alert System tab on the home page. The service is free, though your provider’s normal messaging charges will apply.

For more information on selecting a shelter area and campus emergency procedures please visit http://www.edinboro.edu/departments/university_comm/emergency-guide.dot