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Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather residents should stay tuned to a local radio station or any TV station for the latest report on conditions. 


Protocols

  1. When the sirens sound you are to take cover. Immediately proceed to a room without windows - a community lounge, community bathroom, or personal bathroom on the lowest floor possible.
  2. When the sirens sound you are to take cover. Immediately proceed to a room without windows - a community lounge, community bathroom, or personal bathroom on the lowest floor possible.
  3. When assembled in an area of refuge area, sit on the floor with your back to the wall or in a central portion of the room. Stay away from windows and doors. If a storm strikes, you should duck your head between your knees and cover the back of your head with your hands for protection.
  4. Weather sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30am, weather permitting.
  5. Residents should be aware of their surroundings, including weather conditions. Campus tornado sirens will sound a 3 to 5 minute blast when there is a tornado warning. There is no all-clear signal broadcast via sirens. A second blast indicates a second or repeated warning.
  6. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact the OSU Police at (405)744- 6523

Refuge Procedures

  1. Residents are responsible for finding an area of refuge in the event of a tornado.
  2. Stay away from glass. Avoid being in areas with windows or exterior walls, such as the Kerr-Drummond Mezzanine.
  3. Get as low as possible in the lowest level inside the building you are in (“area of refuge”). A basement generally offers the best protection. Otherwise, go into an interior room or hallway at the lowest possible floor.
  4. Put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  5. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture, such as a table or desk and hold onto it. If possible avoid large open rooms.
  6. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and cover your head with your hands.

Community Style Halls

University Commons, Iba , Parker, Stout, and Wentz Halls
  1. Do not stay in your room. Instead, move to the lowest level possible in the building.
  2. Then find a windowless floor lounge or bathroom and close the doors.
  3. If there is not enough room in the lounge, close the room doors and begin to line the interior hallways.
  4. Stay close to the walls furthest from the buildings’ exteriors.
  5. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and cover your head with your hands.

Suites

Allen, Bennett, Booker, Jones, Patchin, Stinchcomb, Village , and Zink Halls
  1. Move to an interior hallway (i.e. one as far as possible from windows). Make sure that all room doors are closed. If leaving your room is not possible, move into your unit’s bathroom. Note: Take something to cover yourself with to serve as protection from shattered glass.
  2. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and cover your head with your hands. A blanket, jacket, etc. is preferable for headcovering, but your hands will suffice.

Apartments

Family and Graduate Student Housing, Bost, Davis, Friend, Kamm, Morsani, Peterson, Smith, and Young Halls
  1. Do not leave your apartment. This is risky, as you expose yourself both to the dangerous weather and the possibility of not being able to get into a lower apartment.
  2. Once in an apartment, move into the bathroom, or space permitting, the interior room.
  3. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, and cover your head with your hands. A blanket, jacket, etc. is preferable for head covering, but your hands will suffice.

Outside

  1. Seek an area of refuge in the closest building.
  2. If entering a building is not possible, seek an area of refuge in a ditch or otherwise low-lying area.
  3. Stay away from anything that may fall and cause harm (i.e. trees, power lines, etc.).
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