Tornado on Campus
link here to storm shelter
link here to Tornado Tri-fold
a weather alert radio, radio or television weather
channel to monitor the approach and severity of the
Weather Service issues a severe weather or tornado
warning for the Tarrant County area, warn
others in your immediate area.
doors, stay away from windows and other glassed areas.
Move inside to a sheltered area.
available, take a battery-powered radio and flashlight
with you. Computers in the shelter areas can be
used to monitor weather sources over the internet.
the shelter until until you
can determine the storm system has passed.
others when the emergency is past to account
for all persons.
If the All-Hazards sirens sound, seek
shelter. Do not leave a protected area until you have
determined the storm has passed.
- Best areas:
opposite side of corridor from which storm is
closets, etc. without windows
hallways on the lowest ground floor
Interior rooms of a
Avoid rooms with
large roof spans, such as an auditorium or arena.
NOAA (National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration) broadcasts weather and other
all-hazards information over the NOAA Public Alert Radio.
These radios are commonly referred to as NOAA weather
radios or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. These
radios can be purchased through local electronic equipment
All commercial radio stations are in constant
receipt of this information and in turn broadcast the same
to their listeners. Local radio stations include:
WBAP 820 - AM
KRLD 1080 - AM
KLIF 570 - AM
Additional resources for local weather
information over the internet and television includes:
KXAS, NBC Channel 5
WFAA, ABC Channel 8
CBS Channels 11/21
For more weather information, the
TCU Cable System
provides the following sources:
KXAS Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The internet can provide a variety of
information through various websites. If possible use
available IPhones, cellular phones, or computers to monitor
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The National Weather
Service (NWS) issues two types of severe weather notices:
conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop),
(meaning funnel, hail, flooding, etc. have been sited -
Service information, the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Preparedness
will sound Outdoor Warning Sirens strategically placed about the
city. These are to warn people of imminent danger. When
these sirens are activated seek shelter inside of the
TCU has two such
all-hazard sirens on campus - one by the Brown-Lupton
Baseball field and one across from Tandy Hall.
Look out for:
tornadoes appear as a visible funnel extending only partially to the ground.
Look for signs of debris below the visible funnel.
Some tornadoes are clearly visible
while others are obscured by rain or nearby low-hanging clouds.
Other Thunderstorm Hazards
These dangers often accompany
Flash floods: Number ONE
weather killer - 146 deaths annually
Lightning: Kills 75-100 people
Damaging Straight-Line Winds:
Can reach 140 mph
Large Hail: Can reach the size
of a grapefruit - causes several hundred million dollars in damage
Tornado Safety - Personal
Safety, What You Can Do
Before the Storm:
Develop a plan for you and
your family for home, work, school, and when outdoors.
Have frequent drills.
Know the county in which you
live, and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather
Have a NOAA Weather Radio with
a warning alarm tone and battery back-up to receive warnings.
Listen to radio and television
If planning trip outdoors,
listen to the latest forecasts and take necessary action if threatening
weather is possible.
If a Warning is issued or if
threatening weather approaches:
In a home or building, move to
the best available shelter, such as a basement.
If an underground shelter is
not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and
get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
Stay away from windows, glass
lobby areas, etc.
Get out of automobiles.
Do not try to outrun a tornado
in your car; instead, leave it immediately.
Mobile homes, even if tied
down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for
signs of an approaching tornado. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most
deaths and injuries.
It's up to YOU!
Each year, many people are killed
or seriously injured by tornadoes despite advance warning. Some did not hear
the warning while others received the warning but did not believe a tornado
would actually affect them.
The preparedness information given here, combined
with timely severe weather watches and warnings, could save your life in the
event a tornado threatens your area. After you have received the warning or
observed threatening skies, YOU must make the decision to seek shelter before
the storm arrives. It could be the most important decision you will ever make.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service
(NOAA) describes the typical thunderstorm as 15 miles in diameter and
lasting an average of thirty minutes.
thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than
tornadoes. Most lightning
casualties occur in the afternoon and the early evening.
In recent years, people have been killed by lightning while:
on a lawnmower
under a tree
on a telephone
If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.
Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far away
as 10 miles from any rainfall.
1,000 Americans are struck by lightning each year with 100 deaths
resulting from the high voltage blows.
Remember If you can
hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning!
Go to safe shelter immediately.
caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby NOAA recommends:
a low spot away from tree, fences and poles.
you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
you feel your skin tingle or your hair
stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls
of your feet.
you hands on your knees with your head between them.
Make yourself the smallest target possible, and minimize your
contact with the ground.
If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!
last update: 4/28/10