Emergency Weather and Weather Related Emergency Procedures
General Safety Procedures
The following guidelines apply to weather-related
emergency conditions on campus. Please
review these procedures frequently and indentify appropriate protected areas
within reasonable proximity to your working, living, and classroom areas so
that you may move quickly to safety should circumstances appear threatening or
a warning be issued.
Faculty members should review these guidelines with
their classes at the beginning of each trimester. Remember, these procedures are not to be
confused with the normal procedures used to evacuate a building because of
smoke, fire or other possible emergency situations.
Severe Storm or Tornado Watch
A thunderstorm or tornado watch is issued whenever
weather conditions exist that could produce a severe storm in this area. A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when
a storm is observed moving toward the area.
In case of a severe thunderstorm watch/warning or a tornado watch:
- Sirens will
- Be alert to
the possibility of high winds or hail.
Should a storm develop, move away from windows exposed to the
impact of high winds, debris, or hail into a protected area of hallway or
an interior windowless room until the danger is past.
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado
has been sighted and is moving toward the Maryville area. In case of tornado warning:
internal building alarms will sound, and text messaging will be activated.
- Move immediately
to protected areas and remain there until the all-clear is issued by,
local radio stations, National Weather Service Radio System, police, or
other official sources of information.
areas usually recommended by the U.S. Weather Service include: basements
(especially those under reinforced concrete structures) or, if a basement
is not available, the lowest level of a building, in an interior hallway
or a room without windows or other exposed glass. In cases where there has been no prior
warning, the warning has not provided sufficient time, or disable
individuals are within the area move to an adequately protected area,
moving into an interior hallway, windowless room, under/behind heavy
furniture may be of less risk than moving to lower levels.
- If you are
out-of-doors when a tornado warning is sounded, take cover in a protected
area if possible. If a protected
area is not accessible, lie in a ditch or depression away from trees and
power lines and cover your head with your hands.
If you are out-of-doors, during a thunderstorm, and
have no time to reach a safe building or automobile, take shelter in a low area
away from natural conductors of electricity (such as tall trees, power lines,
open water, fences, etc.). If you feel your hair stand on end-indicating that
lightning is about to strike-drop to your knees and bend forward putting your
hands on the ground in a four-point stance.
DO NOT lie flat on the ground.
These safety tips are to be observed when lightning
- Stay away
from open doors and windows, fireplaces, radiators, stoves, metal pipes,
sinks, and plug-in electrical appliances or tools.
- Do not use
the telephone during the storm-lightning may strike telephone lines
- Do not work
on fences, telephone or power lines, pipe lines, or structural steel
- Do not use
metal objects such as surveyor's rods or shovels.
- Do not
handle flammable materials in open containers.
tractors and open-air vehicles, especially when pulling metal equipment,
- Stay in
your automobile, truck or pickup.
They offer good lightning protection.
- Get out of
and away from any body of water.
shelter in buildings.
- When there
is not shelter, avoid the highest object in the area. If only isolated trees are nearby, your
best protection is to crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from
isolated trees as the trees are high.
- Avoid hill
tops, open spaces, wire fences, metal poles, exposed sheds, and any
electrically conductive elevated objects.
If you are driving a
vehicle, proceed to the nearest sheltered area and wait in your car for the
storm to pass. If a tornado is sighted
or if a tornado warning has been sounded, leave the vehicle and lie down in a
ditch or depression between the approaching tornado and your vehicle. If the funnel is more than a mile away, you
may drive at a right angle away from the funnel.
Hazards, or Injury
As soon as it is safe
to do, report injuries, hazards, or injuries to the University Police
Department (660.562.1254). Be prepared
to give your location and provide information on extent of injuries.