What to do in case of severe weather

Kyarra Harris

The University sent emails to students, faculty and staff regarding severe weather possibilities. The National Weather Service has declared a wind advisory for Central Alabama from noon on Feb. 2 to 3:00 a.m. on Feb. 3. 

In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all University activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories.

University Severe Weather Guidelines:

  • If you are in a building, please move immediately to the best available refuge area or lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, office or corridors) and remain there until the tornado warning has expired.
  • Classes in session when the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warning has expired provided at least half of the class period remains.
  • Remain in the building and go to the lowest level of your building.
  • Crimson Ride will immediately suspend operations, and the driver will direct passengers to shelter in select buildings.

The University’s complete severe weather guidelines can be found here.

Remember, when severe weather strikes and the warning sirens sound:

  • Move into the nearest best available refuge area or lowest floor available in the center of the building, away from windows.
  • Stay tuned to radio or television stations for further weather statements.
  • Stay inside until the severe weather leaves the Tuscaloosa area.

Students, faculty and staff can seek shelter at North Campus Storm Shelter, East Campus Storm Shelter and the Magnolia Parking Deck BARA, and a map of those on-campus shelters can be found here, For more safety tips for before, during and after a tornado, visit the National Weather Service’s website.