Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms, and be prepared to act quickly if a warning is issued. Review and discuss your emergency plan with others.

Tornado Warning means a tornado is imminent and an immediate danger to life and property. A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Move to your pre-designated storm refuge area immediately!

  1. Be aware of the Civil Defense sirens used if a tornado is sighted.
  2. If indoors, go to the lowest level of the building. Interior hallways, rooms, or restrooms are preferable, away from glass windows.
  3. If outdoors, go to the nearest ditch or depression, away from power lines, buildings, and trees. Do not stay in a car or attempt to outrun the tornado.
  4. Notify emergency personnel of persons with disabilities who are in the building and need help to evacuate.
  5. After the tornado has passed, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is needed, call 6-7777 or 911. Be aware of dangerous structural conditions. Report damaged facilities to the UIS Police Department.

NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Do not light a match or smoke. (Refer to section on Utility Failure)

  1. In case of fire, do not use elevators.
  2. If outdoors, move away from utility poles. Always avoid downed power or utility lines, as they may be energized.

There are no “all clear” sirens. If you continue to hear tornado sirens, there is still a threat. Utilize the emergency notification systems, such as UIS-Alert, to receive updated information.

Do not call 911 unless you need to report an emergency such as a fire, medical emergency or severe building damage. 911 lines need to be kept open and available for emergency calls.