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Emergency Procedures: Tornado


  • Tornado watch - Issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes to form in or around the area
  • Tornado warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado has been sighted or indicated in the warning area


  • Immediately move to an interior hallway on a lower level in the middle of the building you are in
  • Stay away from all windows and glass doors
  • DO NOT use the elevators
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
  • Close all window shades, blinds, or curtains

Call USC Police at 911 and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • Type of injury or illness of victim
  • Victim's status (conscious, breathing, or bleeding)
  • Victim's age

  • Stay on the line until released by the dispatcher
  • DO NOT leave your location until advised or storm warning ends


  • Immediately get out of your car and find the nearest, low-level room of a building or storm shelter
  • NEVER try to outrun a tornado, especially in a congested or urban area


  • Find shelter immediately
  • If no shelter is available, find the nearest low-level ditch and lie flat with your hands covering your head
  • DO NOT seek shelter under a bridge or overpass
  • Beware of flying debris and possible flooding
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