Severe Weather Tips

AWARENESS IS YOUR BEST DEFENSE

  • Keep your "eye to the sky"
  • Listen to a radio station for weather updates
  • Watch TV reports
  • Utilize computer access to watch weather radar maps and updates on severe weather
  • If you have questions, contact the Department of Campus Safety, 605.274.4014
  • If you hear the outdoor warning sirens sounding, if you are outside seek indoor shelter immediately, if you are inside move to the lower level areas of the building you are in and stay clear of windows

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Means the conditions are right for a severe thunderstorm to develop.  A watch is an alert to the possibility of large hail, heavy rain and or damaging winds, in a specified area over a specified period of time.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Confirmation of a line of thunderstorms or severe thunderstorms and location, time of detection, direction and speed of movement.

TORNADO WATCH: Means the conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Continue normal activity, but watch for the storm to increase in intensity and be prepared to seek shelter.

TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or detected by radar and may be approaching.  Be prepared to move to shelter areas quickly.

LEARN SEVERE WEATHER DANGER SIGNS

Bad Thunderstorms: Thunder, lightning, hard rain and strong winds

Hail: Pellets of ice, of varying size, from a dark, cloudy sky

Funnel: A dark, spinning "rope" or column from the sky to the ground

Roaring Noise: Like ten jet planes or a hundred railroad trains.

IF YOU HEAR THE WARNING SIRENS SOUNDING

  • Respond by moving to the appropriate and nearest shelter areas in a building.
  • Do not stand outside or stand looking out the window to see what is going on.
  • Put the camera away......this is not the time to get your next You Tube video!

IF YOU SEE OR HEAR A TORNADO COMING

  • Do not wait!
  • Go to the nearest shelter area right away!
  • Curl up on the floor and protect your head and face with your arms and hands.