Departmental Tornado Procedures

When seconds count...the immediate and best response of your department's personnel and students within your department CAN SAVE LIVES! Many departments and units on and off campus will need to create, document, and practice your procedure for when severe weather occurs.

Getting the word to ALL people in your department is important, and the action taken by the people is just as important. Here are very basic actions that need to be taken in your department when a tornado warning is issued, but these procedures MUST be modified to best fit your department's needs, situation, and actions - click here to download Microsoft Word version of this document.



When a tornado warning is issued:

1. If available, announce over your building P.A., speakerphone, or bullhorn:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING FOR THE LEXINGTON/FAYETTE COUNTY AREA, THIS MEANS THAT A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED, OR IS IMMINENT IN THE AREA.

THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION, AND ALL PERSONS SHOULD GO TO A SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

REPEATING...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING FOR THE LEXINGTON/FAYETTE COUNTY AREA.

ALL PERSONS SHOULD GO TO A SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

2. Initiate building notification through your pre-established "calling tree". This should include...but is not limited to...calling other departments in your building.

3. Send runners to any occupied classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, and any other regularly occupied areas in the building...repeating the above listed message for all persons, stressing that they should go to the closest severe weather shelter. If time permits, persons should close and lock doors as they leave their area. Elevators should NOT be used when proceeding to storm shelters.

4. For all other watches and warnings....click here for the approved UK severe weather guidance.

5.  Information sources should continue to be monitored, in order to determine when the threat has passed, so that an "All Clear" can be established, and all persons can return to previous activities/duties.