Severe Weather Procedure

Tornadoes and severe weather can occur any time during the year but are more prevalent during the spring months. The approach of severe weather may be announced by Pioneer Alert, Outdoor Warning Sirens, radio and television bulletins, or a weather radio. A TORNADO WATCH means tornado conditions exist in the area, and there is a possibility that one may develop. A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado or funnel cloud has been sighted in the area, and residents should seek shelter. During a TORNADO WARNING, normal TWU operations, including activities, classes, and other special events are suspended until the weather hazard has passed.

In case of an approaching tornado or severe storm requiring shelter, students should observe the following procedures:

1.    Move to the lowest floor which can be safely reached before high winds or a tornado strike.

2.    Move to an interior room such as a bathroom on the lowest level of the building.

3.    Stay away from windows, doors, and large open spaces.

4.    If outdoors, move indoors. When that is not possible, move away from the tornado’s path at a right angle or, if there is not time to escape, lie flat in the nearest depression, such as a ditch or ravine.

5.    If available, listen to a weather radio for weather alerts. Never pull the fire alarm for notification of a tornado or severe weather alerts.


Other types of severe weather to be aware of include severe thunderstorms which can produce heavy rains, high winds, hail, and severe lightning.

For additional information about emergency preparedness, procedures, and severe weather areas, visit Emergency Management: You are encouraged to read the Emergency Guidebook for detailed information: Houston students are encouraged to learn more about inclement weather conditions, including hurricane tracking and evacuation at


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