A TORNADO WATCH means that conditions are such that tornadoes are expected to develop.
A TORNADO WARNING means that a tornado has actually been sighted.
A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means severe weather is imminent.
Any teams playing on the open field need to move to a safe and secure place. Seek shelter in a building.
MOVE AWAY FROM TREES AND METAL BLEACHERS. SEEK SHELTER IN A BUILDING!
The greatest frequency in this area is during April, May, June, and July. Most tornadoes touch ground between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. EST, although they can occur at any time of the day or night.
If anyone on campus receives word (by radio, television, telephone, etc.) of a tornado warning, that individual should notify the Vice President for Student Affairs (x4422) and Campus Safety & Security (x2486).
The Vice President for Student Affairs will attempt to obtain additional information concerning the location/direction of the tornado by calling any of these sources:
- National Weather Service - 1-412-644-2882
- Wheeling Ohio County Emergency Service Agency – 234-3756
The Vice President for Student Affairs will then contact the University President, Campus Safety & Security, Director of the Physical Plant, and University Relations.
If the campus appears to be threatened, the V.P. for Student Affairs will call or send a messenger to each building on campus. The V.P. for Student Affairs may call upon Residence Life staff, Campus Safety & Security staff, and other Student Affairs Staff to assist in the notification of buildings. The contact person for each building will have the following emergency tornado procedures and will notify the occupants of the building. If no one can be reached by phone in a particular building, a messenger should be sent to that building.
Persons in each building should immediately gather in the recommended safety locations.
The primary concern should be the safety of individuals. If time permits, open some of the windows in each building, but stay away from them. When possible, turn off electricity and unplug electrical appliances. Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, or other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
1. SWINT HALL
This building, because of its configuration, has several locations. People should go to the closest location, but keep from overcrowding any one area.
The LIBRARY: The principle area here is in the central portion around the office area. Some protection could also be gained by being in between the bookshelves.
The FIRST FLOOR: This would be the hallway area adjacent to the Library Lobby, with the office doors closed.
The GROUND FLOOR: This would be the hallway by the restrooms. An additional area would be the area in the Headlines.
The BENEDUM ROOM: The area here would be the serving line area with the sliding doors closed.
CONTACT: V.P. FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS X 4422
SWITCHBOARD X 2000
LIBRARY X 2226
BOOKSTORE X 2231
2. WHELAN HALL
The basement is the best location for the whole building.
CONTACT: RECTOR X 2375 During day X 2431 At night
3. CHAPEL OF MARY AND JOSEPH
The safest area here is on the ground floor in the hallway where the restrooms are located.
CONTACT: CAMPUS MINISTRY X 2385
4. DONAHUE HALL
The first floor of this building in the hallway from the restrooms to the Physics Laboratory with all of the office and classroom doors closed.
CONTACT: SENIOR VP FOR ACADEMIC & STUDENT AFFAIRS X 2321
FACULTY SECRETARY X 2334
CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY X 2486
5. IN ALL RESIDENCE HALLS
CONTACT THE RESIDENCE DIRECTOR. IF UNAVAILABLE, CONTACT AN RA AND CAMPUS SAFETY & SECURITY.
A. KIRBY/SARA TRACY HALL
This building has two areas. The first is KIRBY in the ground floor lounge. The second area is Sara Tracy, the first floor hallway or the ground floor hallway.
B. MCHUGH HALL
This building also because of its physical structure has two areas. The first is in the hallway of second floor long with all the room doors closed. The second area is the hallway of first floor short with all the room doors closed.
C. CAMPION HALL
If time permits, the Maintenance area under the first floor is the ideal location.
But the next area would be the whole first floor with all the room doors closed.
D. THOMAS MORE
The ground floor hallway near the kitchen
E. IGNATIUS HALL
The ground floor - either end with all doors closed
6. MCDONOUGH CENTER
The area here would be in the old gymnasium.
CONTACT: PHYSICAL PLANT X 2241
Exec. V.P. & CFO X 2389
Athletics X 2365
Health Center X2275
Stay away from the large doors
CONTACT: PHYSICAL PLANT X 2241
8. WASHINGTON AVENUE LOCATIONS
All of the structures that are owned by the University along Washington Avenue have regular basements. Therefore the basement would be the safest location in any of these properties.
CONTACT: LEWIS HOUSE X2295
200 Washington Ave.
9. CET BUILDING
All employees should go to the bottom floor near the 21st Century Classroom.
10. NTTC BUILDING
All employees should go to the ground floor near the computer center hallway.
11. SCIENCE BUILDING
All should proceed to the ground floor.