Weather Emergency

Quick Tip: Go to the center of the building or lower level.


Weather Emergency

DESIGNATED SAFETY AREAS
The safest area is the center of the building as close to the basement or ground floor as possible. Placards have been placed at main entrances to academic buildings alerting the designated shelter location. Placards are also placed at the designated shelter location. Recommended gathering areas in each building can also be located on the GVSU website. In the event the locations do not provide enough space, individuals should be directed to a lower level room with interior walls and without windows.


Storms

WINTER STORM WATCH
This is a forecast of hazardous winter weather due to various elements such as heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain. A watch is a long-range prediction. Watches are generally issued by the National Weather Service at least 12 hours before hazardous weather is expected to begin. University operations continue as normal.

WINTER STORM WARNING
Hazardous winter weather is imminent and there is a good possibility of heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain. University operations may be suspended or delayed.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
This is a forecast of the possibility of severe thunderstorms (rain, hail, or high winds) developing in a large geographic area. University operations continue as normal, but stay alert for sudden changes in weather conditions. If possible, monitor local radio stations or local Internet weather sites.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
A severe thunderstorm (with rain, hail, or high winds) has been sighted and may be approaching the area. University operations continue as normal. Outdoor athletic and intramural events may be cancelled. Remain inside the building and be alert for changes in weather conditions.


Tornados

TORNADO WATCH
This is a forecast of the possibility of tornados developing in a large geographic area. University operations continue as normal, but stay alert for sudden severe changes in weather conditions. If possible, monitor local radio stations or local Internet weather sites.

TORNADO WARNING
A tornado has been sighted and may be approaching the area. A warning is an emergency situation requiring persons in the effected area to seek immediate shelter. Sirens are activated. All university operations are suspended until the event has passed.

IN THE EVENT A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED:

  • Close doors and windows.

  • Move away from all windows or glass-enclosed areas.

  • Go to the nearest emergency shelter area.

  • Remain calm and walk ¿ do not run.

  • Faculty/staff should be prepared to account for their students. Notify GVSU police (dial 911) of any persons with disabilities requiring assistance.

  • Stay in the shelter until an "All Clear" is given.


University Closing

In the event the university closes for snow-related reasons, information will be disseminated by the MIR3 Emergency Notification System. Area radio and television stations, and the university website will also carry closing information.

The MIR3 Emergency Notification System will deliver urgent and emergency information directly to the choice of a land line phone, cell phone, or e-mail account. To select method of delivery for this message notification service, please follow this link: www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact.

To subscribe to the Emergency Notification System service, please follow this link: www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact/.