Weather Warning Definitions

A WEATHER ADVISORY means actual or expected weather conditions may cause poor weather conditions, but will not pose a threat serious enough to warrant a weather warning.

A WEATHER WATCH is an alert that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Watch the skies and listen for updated watches and possible weather warnings.

A WEATHER WARNING means that severe weather is occurring or is highly probable. Tune in to the radio for instructions and additional weather information.
Tornado Information

Tornado Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado to develop in the area, and one should be on the alert for further weather developments.
  • Familiarize yourself with the lowest level and the emergency routes to designated primary and secondary shelter/safe areas.
  • A tornado watch will be announced to each department through telephone and email.
  • During the watch period, use the time to prepare for an easy transition to shelter areas.
  • When the tornado watch expires, an announcement will be made by radio (1490 AM), by phone, or by email.
Tornado Warning: Either a sighted tornado or indicated by radar.
  • The city siren will announce the warning, and VCSU will follow with email and voice mail notifications. Remain calm and take immediate action.
  • Do not run, walk to the lowest level, designated shelter area.
  • Close the doors and windows of each room as they are evacuated.
  • Do not leave the shelter until the warning passes.
  • Avoid all glass areas, doors and entrances.
  • A BET member will notify individuals in person or via phone calls about the all clear. If a radio is available the radio announcer will announce an all clear.
  • Notify the campus nurse or BET if any individuals suffered an injury, or if the building suffered damage.
After the disaster or emergency:
  • Do not enter the building or area until the BET (See Appendix A) clears the area for people to enter. Stay away from the disaster site. Do not sightsee; you may interfere with emergency teams.
  • Be aware of the possibility of gas leaks or electrical short circuits. If detected, notify the gas company, electrical company, the police, or fire department. Don't go back into the building until you have been ensured it is safe by these officials.
  • Stay away from fallen or damaged electrical wires.
  • Facilities Services will conduct periodic severe weather/tornado drills throughout the year. However, treat every drill as if it there was an actual severe weather/tornado emergency. It is VCSU's policy that participation in drills is mandatory and you may be subject to disciplinary procedures for non-compliance.