Tornado Watch & Warning Plan

UNMC Security will notify the College in the event of a tornado watch or warning. A member of the Library staff will telephone the designated points of contact as messages are received from The UNMC Security and announce the warning over the PA system.

Tornado Watch

When a tornado watch is issued, it means conditions are right for the development of a tornado.

  1. Floor Leaders are called with an impending emergency notice and will alert all individuals on each floor of the tornado watch.
  2. Each individual is responsible for lowering their blinds, preparing to save work and turning off any computer equipment.
  3. Tornado Warning: When a tornado warning is issued, it means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar. Take shelter immediately.

Main Building

  1. Each individual is responsible for closing the doors upon leaving their office/room, if there is time.
  2. Do not use elevators. Use the stairwell marked “Tornado Exit” to avoid the first floor lobby area.
  3. First, third & fifth floors exit through the north-side stairwell, adjacent to the men’s restroom.
  4. Second, fourth & sixth floors exit through the south-side stairwell, adjacent to the women’s restroom.

Residence Hall

  1. Each individual is responsible for closing the doors upon leaving their office/room, if there is time.
  2. Use the Stairs, and go immediately to the Storm Shelter in the Lower Level of the Residence Hall. An alternate shelter for individuals in the Student Center is the storage area in the College Bookstore.
  3. Have a tornado buddy. Make sure your “buddy” evacuates with you.
  4. If a tornado warning is issued, or if you hear a tornado siren, every person in the Student Center should immediately take the stairs and proceed to the Storm Shelter in the Lower Level of the Residence Hall. An alternate shelter for individuals in the Student Center is the storage area in the College Bookstore.