During a tornado sighting or warning
of a strong possibility of a tornado, the tornado horns will sound. Upon
hearing this sound, all individuals, regardless
of what they are doing, should immediately take shelter and remain in that
sheltered area until they are advised by Security personnel or their Residence
Hall Advisors to return to their activities. At this time, there is no county-wide
“All Clear” signal. Contact Security,
Ext. 1115 or 641-472-1115, for developments during severe weather. Do not tie up city or county emergency lines
(911 or the Law Center phones) for information about storms in progress.
A “Tornado Warning” will be accompanied by
the tornado horn. This signal will tell you a tornado has been sighted in our
area, or extremely high winds are prominent, or we are in the direct path of a
tornado which may not yet be visible.
A “Tornado Watch,” NOT signaled by a tornado siren or horn, means that conditions are
favorable for a tornado to occur (the combination of temperature, warm and cold
fronts, upper-level winds, etc.).
What to Do in Case of
a Tornado Warning
If you are outside on foot or in a vehicle, seek
shelter in the nearest building. Do not try to outrun the tornado with your
Once in the building, proceed immediately to the
lowest level of your building and assemble along an interior wall, well away
from doors and windows. If a windowless room is not available, get underneath a
table or similar structure.
If you are not near a building, seek shelter in
a ravine or ditch. Much of the danger during a tornado comes from flying
debris, and being below ground level helps minimize this danger. In open
country, lie flat in the nearest depression with your hands shielding your
head. Be alert for flash floods.
Once against the protective wall, wait for
Never go out of doors during a tornado warning.
In shopping centers, go to a designated shelter
area (not to your parked car).
Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable during strong winds
and should be evacuated when strong winds are forecast. The Utopia Park Office
issues tornado safety guidelines to its residents.
You’ll hear the tornado siren at about 10:00 a.m. on the
first Saturday of each month from April to October. These are county-wide
tornado drills conducted by Jefferson County Civil Defense.