Severe Weather Information
During the spring and summer months conditions that create sever weather such as thunderstorms, lightning strikes and tornadoes may develop at any time. In our region of the country it is possible to have severe weather at any time of year.
All members of the Lander University campus should be familiar with these types of weather conditions and the proper procedures for seeking shelter during severe weather activity. The following information is a reminder of the basic watch and warning system used by the National Weather Service.
watch (tornado watch, thunderstorm watch) means to be alert that the weather conditions are right for the development of that particular type of weather. People are asked to take note of the weather and their surrounding conditions, and consider how they would adjust their activities to the possibility of changing weather.
warning (tornado warning, thunderstorm warning) means that the particular type of weather is occurring – a tornado has been sighted or severe thunderstorm is expected. During a tornado warning or a very severe thunderstorm warning the University will activate its emergency warning sirens, as well as activate the LU Alert mass notification system. Act immediately to find suitable shelter.
A severe tornado warning or severe weather warning is serious. Stay away from glass windows; cover your body to protect it from flying debris. During a severe weather event do not call University Police unless there are serious personnel injuries in your area or you need immediate assistance. Places on the Lander campus designated as severe weather shelter locations are listed below. Other areas such as restrooms, small office units on campus will not be marked. Take time to familiarize yourself with these areas on campus.