Inside Clemson

What to do when severe weather strikes

Date Published: April 2, 2014

Spring is finally here! Changing temperatures could create conditions for severe weather. So that you remain safe, take a moment to review the below information.

Severe Weather

Dangerous weather can include thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes. Stay alert to weather conditions and seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.

Weather advisories

  • A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Monitor the situation closely if the weather deteriorates.
  • A warning means severe weather has actually been observed and is imminent. Seek shelter immediately.

Severe weather tips

  • Have a good flashlight on hand.
  • In a thunderstorm, no place outside is safe. A substantially constructed building offers the best protection.
  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances and plumbing.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find safe shelter immediately.

Weather warnings

  • Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado is approaching the area.
    • Campus warning sirens will sound a tone and a voice warning when lightning is within six miles of main campus or for a tornado warning.
    • People should take shelter immediately.
    • CU Safe Alerts will be sent to campus email addresses and to cell phones of people who signed up for that service.
  • Tune in to local television or radio stations for the latest information about approaching severe weather.

Tornado Safety Tips

Find your “Safer Spot” prior to a possible tornado.  Find a spot where you work, study or play with the following characteristics:

  • Find a place away from windows and glass (Flying objects and shrouds of glass are deadly)
  • Try and get to the lowest level of the structure you happen to be in
  • Put as many walls between yourself and the outside (Many time this will be bathroom facilities which are typically constructed within the outside walls of most buildings.)