Tornado Policies & Procedures
Although tornadoes can occur at any time, they usually occur in the spring and summer. They develop from severe thunderstorms. Considered nature’s most violent and erratic storm, they consist of whirling winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can sweep through an area, causing serious damage and destruction in their path and then change direction and strike again. In addition to injuries, structural damage, electrical shorts, gas leaks, etc., they may create fires or other hazards. Time is of the essence and you may only have seconds to act. Therefore, it is very important that all college personnel be familiar with tornado procedures and review them regularly. In addition, tornado drills are necessary and staff must participate in these drills.