Southwestern Oklahoma State University

SWOSU Campus Security

Tornado

tornado

Definition:

“WATCH” Conditions are favorable for tornado or severe weather. Monitor.
“WARNING” Tornado may be imminent. Take shelter.

Signals:

  1. Tornado watch and warnings will be monitored by a radio at the SWOSU-Sayre Dean’s Office by a Campus Officer.
  2. Under a “watch” all buildings on the Sayre campus are notified that the area is under a watch.  All shelters are opened by the assigned persons.

Steps of Action:

In the event the sirens sound you should:

  1. Go to the lowest level inside wall and assume a kneeling position, head down, with hands covering heads.
  2. Students in unsafe locations at the time will go to designated storm shelters at the direction of the faculty.
  3. Faculty needs to close classroom doors.
  4. Faculty should keep their class rosters with them and remain with their classes to be sure students are following the Tornado Evacuation procedure and to verify student count.
  5. Wait for all clear signals before returning to classroom.
  6. Avoid all large clear-span buildings (gym, cafeteria, etc.) during a tornado.
  7. In an outside office, blinds are to be closed on windows and office personnel are to use telephones in an inner office.
  8. The radio should be located within hearing distance of office personnel if at all possible.

MAPS PROVIDED FOR TORNADO SHELTERS FOR EACH BUILDING.