Tornado and Shelter Areas

During a tornado, stay calm, and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • If indoors, seek shelter in the lowest level of the building. Interior hallways or rooms are preferable. KEEP AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
  • If outdoors, take cover in the nearest ditch or depression, away from power lines, buildings, and trees. DO NOT STAY IN A CAR OR ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN THE TORNADO.
  • After the tornado has passed, evaluate the situation, and, if emergency help is necessary, contact 911. Be aware at all times of dangerous structural conditions around you.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the University Police Department at 256.765.4357.
               NOTE: Gas leaks and power failure create special hazards. Please refer to the section on  UTILITY FAILURE.
  • ASSIST THE DISABLED IN EVACUATING THE BUILDING. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS!
  • Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected buildings. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • If requested, assist the University Police Department and/or other responsible party.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by the University Police Department or other responsible party.
  • STAY CALM. All emergency response efforts will require clear thinking and cooperation from all members of the campus community.
  • Refer to the emergency procedures specific to your building.

 

TORNADO SHELTER AREAS

The following locations in each building have been identified as shelter areas. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, AND YOU SHOULD FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE SHELTER AREAS IN THE BUILDINGS YOU FREQUENT.
 

Appleby East -  first floor cluster-suite common areas

Appleby West - first floor cluster-suite common areas

Art Building - exit the Art Building and take shelter in the Music Building’s interior band rooms (M120 thru M127) or the Visual Arts Building (Room 120 and 121)

Bibb Graves - basement hallway across from Cashier’s Office

Black Box Theatre, George Lindsey - Norton Auditorium basement

Coby Hall - basement area

Collier Library - basement area

Commons, Wendell W. Gunn Building - basement area

Communications Building - first floor internal hallway

Covington Hall - first floor cluster suite common areas

East Campus (former Powell Elementary School) - west internal hallway

Entertainment Industry (122 W. Tombigbee) - interior walls of Mane Room

Flowers Annex (Self Field House) - basement area internal hallways

Flowers Hall - internal hallways on both sides of  the gymnasium

Grounds/Custodial Services - first floor interior room and restroom

Guillot University Center - hallways in mailbox area

Hawthorne Hall - first floor cluster suite common areas

Health Center (located in Medical Arts Building, downtown Florence) - basement area

International Scholars Housing (two houses on Oakview Circle) - lower floor interior rooms

Keller Hall - first floor internal hallways

Lafayette Hall - first floor TV lounge

LaGrange Hall - second floor hallway

Maintenance/Facilities Building - lower interior basement area

Mane Room (310 N. Pine Street) - interior walls

Math Building - basement area

Mattielou Residence Hall - Storm Shelter, first floor lobby

McKinney Building (205 S. Seminary Street) - basement area

Music Building -faculty offices, interior band rooms (M120 thru M127,

and Visual Arts area, rooms 120 and 121)

Norton Auditorium - basement dressing room areas

Nursing Building (Laura M. Harrison Hall) -Storm Shelter on east side of Stevens Hall

Olive Residence Hall - Storm Shelter, first floor lobby

Outdoor Adventure Center - Storm Shelter under parking area on west side of Science Building

Planetarium - Student Recreation Center weight room, locker rooms, and first floor bathrooms

Powers Hall - basement computer room

Raburn Hall - first floor internal hallways

Rice Hall - mezzanine area

Rivers Hall - mezzanine area

Rogers Hall - basement office area

Science and Technology Building - Storm Shelter under parking area at west end of building

Stevens Hall - first floor hallway

Stone Lodge - basement area

Student Publications - basement hall of Willingham, enter through side door of building

Student Recreation Center - weight room, locker rooms, and first floor  restrooms

University Apartments - interior closet areas

Weight Room - Flowers Annex – Self Field House, basement internal hallways

Wesleyan Annex - under stairwell or in basement

Wesleyan Hall - first floor central hallway

Willingham Hall - basement hallway

Women’s Center - basement of Willingham Hall, enter through side door of building

Even in the event of the University closing due to storms or tornadic weather, some buildings will remain open to accommodate those needing shelter until dangerous weather conditions pass. The following buildings will remain open:
Science and Technology Building Storm Shelter
(under parking lot at south end of building)
Residence Halls
Nursing Building Storm Shelter
(east side of Stevens Hall)

For emergencies dial (911) or (4357) on any campus phone.