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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University


Before a Tornado*

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In an emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large Hail
    • A large dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Shelter Indoors

  • Move to a windowless, interior room:
    • In a low part of the building
    • Away from hazardous materials
  • Take cover under a sturdy object or against an interior wall
  • Wait for the all clear

Know the Terms

Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay turned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

*Adapted from

Washington County Tornado Information

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