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Emergency Procedures: Severe Thunderstorms


  • Severe thunderstorm - A storm capable of producing wind gusts over 55 mph and/or hail 3/4"or larger in diameter
  • Severe thunderstorm watch - Issued by the National Weather Service when severe weather conditions are possible in the area
  • Severe thunderstorm warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when severe weather has been sighted in the area


  • Find a safe shelter
  • Monitor local news media and the University’s website for closings/delays
  • DO NOT call 911 unless there is an emergency or you need immediate assistance
  • DO NOT handle any electrical equipment
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items like computers or televisions
    • Power surges can cause serious damage
    • Avoid showering or general bathing
    • Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity
  • Use a corded telephone ONLY for emergencies; cordless or cell phones are safe to use
  • Lightning can travel through telephone lines
  • Cancel/relocate outdoor activities
  • Secure all objects that could blow away or cause additional damage
  • Keep all exterior doors closed and stay away from windows
  • Close all windows and blinds


  • Natural lightning rods like tall trees in an open area
  • Hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on water
  • Isolated sheds or other small structures in large, open areas
  • Metal objects - motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, bicycles, etc.


  • Immediately find a safe indoor shelter or a hard-top automobile
  • If you are unable to find a safe shelter, and are trapped outdoors, lie in a ditch or any low-lying area with few trees, or crouch near a strong building for shelter
  • Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning
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