Photo of a tornado touchdown

Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm

Tornado Shelter Maps

Before a tornado watch/warning occurs

  • Download a reputable weather app to your cell phone. Look for an app that will send emergency alerts in the case of a tornado watch or tornado warning.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions by tuning in to your local radio or cable weather station or weather phone app.
  • Sign Up for Notifications:
  • Know how your community sends warnings.
    • Southern Seminary has an emergency outdoor siren on the roof of the Honeycutt building that will sound in the event of a tornado warning.
    • RAVE is the Southern Seminary emergency notification system. Make sure you are signed up.
  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning
    • Tornado watch: A tornado or severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are right for a tornado or severe thunderstorm to develop. Continue normal activities but also continue to monitor the situation.
    • Tornado warning: A tornado or severe thunderstorm warning means that a tornado or severe thunderstorm has been spotted or picked up on radar.
  • Be familiar with your tornado shelter locations on campus. See building locations here.

During a tornado watch

  • Review your family disaster plan, including where you will take shelter.
  • Be prepared to quickly more to your shelter location.
  • Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio, smartphone apps, and local news for updates.
  • Stay aware of changing weather conditions. Remember, even if a tornado does not form, severe thunderstorms can pose a safety risk too.
  • Make sure your emergency supplies such as flashlights, water, and batteries are accessible.
  • Stay away from windows and keep them closed.

During a tornado warning

  • Go immediately to a pre-designated shelter area.
  • If that area is unknown seek shelter in a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Tornadoes could be obscured by rainfall or come at nighttime. Do not wait until you see or hear the tornado, it may be too late.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Protect yourself from flying debris with pillows, heavy coats, blankets or quilts. Use bicycle or motorcycle helmets to protect your head.
  • Do not open windows.
  • In vehicles or outdoors:
    • When tornadoes are possible, limit your outdoor plans or finish them early.
    • Stay close to a sturdy shelter. If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
    • Do not try to outrun a tornado with a vehicle
    • If caught outside, find shelter in a ditch or remain in your vehicle and cover your head for protection.
    • Do not get under an overpass or bridge.  You are safer in a low, flat location.
    • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms, cover your body with a coat or blanket, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or ravine.

Tornado Shelter Locations

Students and employees click the button below to view the Tornado Shelter Maps
  • Norton Hall: Classrooms 015, 022, and lower level classroom hallway outside classrooms 011-016
  • Honeycutt: Health and Recreation Center (HRC) Locker Rooms, bathrooms across from HRC
  • Mullins: Basement center hallway
  • Fuller: Basement center hallway
  • Cooke Hall: Basement center hallway
  • Rankin Hall: Basement
  • Facilities: Basement
  • Foster: Basement
  • Samuels: Basement
  • Grinstead: Basement center hallway of Fuller Hall
  • Springdale: Samuels Basement
  • Library: Basement
  • Alumni Chapel: Basement center hallway of Cooke/Alumni

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