The University Police Department is equipped with a weather alert monitor, which is activated by the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) when severe weather watches and warnings are issued. Depending upon the nature of the alert, the following procedures will be followed:A. Tornado Watch
Tornado Watches are declared whenever conditions exist that are favorable to the development of tornados. (Since tornado watches are given for specific and limited periods of time, there will not be an all-clear signal given). Keep tuned to your radio, if available.
During Business Hours
2. Vice presidential areas will relay appropriate information through their respective networks so that personnel who are responsible for all areas of campus are prepared for the possibility of a tornado warning occurring.
After Regular Business Hours
The University Police Department will contact responsible personnel in occupied campus buildings (President's Home, residence Halls, Houston Cole Library, etc.) advising them of the meaning and duration of the watch.
B. Tornado Warning
Tornado Warnings are issued when a tornado has been sighted in the Calhoun County area. This policy's effectiveness in reducing the possibility of personal injury relies in part on cooperation when a tornado warning is issued.
The University Police Department will continue to monitor the emergency weather broadcast during the warning and will provide updated information if contacted by telephone.
*The EMA sirens are tested regularly on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
C. Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a thunderstorm containing winds in excess of 58 miles per hour or hail in excess of 3/4 inches has been detected moving through the area. During a severe thunderstorm, persons are encouraged to seek shelter indoors.