Grand Valley Police Department

Severe Weather Procedures

The Department of Public Safety Services has issued the following precautionary procedures in the event of severe weather.

A tornado or severe thunderstorm WATCH means that the storms may produce large hail and/or damaging winds. All severe thunderstorms are potential tornado producers, but a severe thunderstorm watch does not mean that a tornado is imminent.

A tornado or severe thunderstorm WARNING means that a tornado or thunderstorm is imminent or has actually been sighted.

The campus community will be notified of a WARNING when the tornado siren located west of the Fieldhouse sounds as well as by a Public Safety Services officer who will drive through the university campus advising those who are walking or driving to seek cover. The important thing to remember is DO NOT PANIC. A calm, orderly course of events is the best way to insure the safety of all concerned.

Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

A safety contact person has been designated for each building and they will be contacted in the event of a watch or a warning and in turn will direct all those within the building to move to an assigned safe area. Building occupants should move away from all windows or glass-enclosed areas immediately.

The safest area is the center of the building as close to the basement or ground floor as possible. When the warning is terminated, everyone on campus will be notified and normal university activities will resume.

Page last modified April 18, 2014