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Tornado Warning

Issued by the National Weather Service to warn the public that a tornado has been sighted, or has been indicated by radar. These warnings are issued with information concerning where the tornado is presently located and the anticipated path of the tornado.

General Actions:

  1. Closely monitor weather conditions and weather reports.
  2. If the building is in or near the projected path, move patients, students and others into safe areas (Safe areas are windowless rooms, interior corridors, basements or lower level floors, etc).
  3. Ensure exterior windows and doors are closed and latched, if possible.
  4. Alert others outside and advise them to seek shelter
  5. Ensure all interior doors are closed and latched.
  6. Do not go “outside” or “look” out the window to observe tornado activity.

Staff Actions:

  1. Incident Commander assesses the need to activate the Emergency Operations Center.
  2. Communicate throughout the building/campus affected by the warning.
  3. Closely monitor path of tornado and weather reports.
  4. If the building is in or near the projected path of a tornado:
    1.  Ambulatory patients and patients in wheelchairs should be placed in the bathrooms of their rooms or interior rooms with a pillow on their laps.
    2. Bedfast patients should be brought into the unit’s interior corridor. If time permits and patient is clinically stable, try to get the patient and mattress to the floor.
    3.  If the patient cannot be brought into the corridor then move the bed as far away from the outside wall as possible, and turn the bed so the headboard is between the patient and any window.
    4. Protect patients by covering with blankets and pillows.
  5. Faculty/Staff/Students/Visitors should seek shelter in windowless rooms on lower levels,  bathrooms,  basements or interior hallways, assume a squatting position with their heads and face down to protect them from flying debris.
  6. If fire or smoke is detected in a facility under a tornado warning, occupants should move immediately beyond the fire doors when it is safe to do so. If a fire alarm is activated and there is no immediate threat of fire or smoke an evacuation is not warranted during a tornado warning.

Recovery Actions:

  1. Communicate with local emergency services regarding our status and needs.
  2. Rescue in immediate areas and triage and treat patients, as appropriate.
  3. Deploy damage assessment teams and secure utilities, as necessary, and when it is safe to do so.
  4. Assess operational needs.
  5. Assess staffing needs.
  6. Perform building evacuation if structure can no longer support needs.
  7. Have PIO prepare communications to patients, patients’ families, students, parents and the University community on facility status.
  8. Follow Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
Last modified: Wednesday, 05-Jun-2013 15:46:15 EDT