Tornado Warning/Severe Weather

Although this region of South Carolina is not known for having frequent tornadoes, the potential for severe weather does exist. It is important for everyone to take all warnings seriously. Employees will be notified of severe weather in several ways. In the event that a tornado warning is issued for Greenwood County Lander University will initiate warnings in the following ways:

  1. Axis TV
  2. Mass notification methods (email, text messaging, Lander Web Site)

In the event of a tornado warning all employees should seek shelter indoors and away from windows. Shelter in ground floor and basement areas are preferred in a tornado. Areas suitable for shelter are marked with a severe weather shelter sign. Employees should familiarize themselves with these areas. In the event of being in an unfamiliar area or away from the ground floor, seek shelter in interior corridors. Even if ground floor shelter is not an option due to overcrowding, all occupants should avoid the top floor.

  1. Sit close to corridor walls and cover your head and face with your arms.
  2. If outdoors move quickly to ground floor of a building or seek refuge in a ditch. Caution: Avoid power or utility lines and trees as they can be energized.
  3. If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits, exit the vehicle and seek suitable shelter.
  4. After the storm passes, evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary contact University Police – Calling from on campus 8911 or Cell 388-8911.
  5. Report damaged facilities to University Police of Physical Plant. NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the section on utility failures.
  6. If the building you are in is evacuated by University officials or the fire alarm sounds, walk quickly to the nearest safe exit and ask others to do the same. Assist the Disabled in exiting the building. After the severe weather is over remain in the building until given the all clear to exit the building. Due to the probability of power lines being down you may be asked to remain indoors.
  7. Once outside move to the assembly area away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. Know your assembly location.
  8. An Emergency Operations Center may be set up near the disaster site. Keep clear of the area unless you have official business.
  9. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by University Police or University Administration.