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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 identify 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 semester. 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:

Tornado Warning

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted and is moving toward the Maryville area. In case of tornado warning:

Lightning Safety


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 threatens:

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.

Winter Weather

Extreme cold temperatures are a big danger during winter months in Missouri.  Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite, hypothermia, or in extreme cases, death.

Severe winter weather can strand you in your home or your apartment.  It is a good idea to keep some extra supplies around during the winter season and follow some simple precautions.

Traveling can become quite challenging in inclement weather and even dangerous at times.  Before you get into your car, follow these tips:

Weather Damage, Hazards, or Injury

As soon as it is safe to do, report injuries and hazards to the University Police Department at 660.562.1254. Be prepared to give your location and provide information on extent of injuries.