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Tornado Procedure

Follow these safety instructions for a tornado watch or warning.

Contact Campus Safety

For any on-campus emergency, contact Campus Safety.

  • From an on-campus phone: dial ‘0’ or x7291
  • From a cell phone: 413-528-7291


Tornadoes usually occur in the spring and summer; they are formed by severe thunderstorms. Considered nature's most violent, erratic storm, they consist of whirling winds of up to 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can sweep through an area, causing serious damage and destruction. In addition to injuries and structural damage, electrical shorts, gas leaks, etc., may create fires or other hazards.


Tornado Watch

When weather conditions are considered favorable for creating a tornado—for example during a severe thunderstorm—a tornado watch is issued.

Tornado Warning

When a tornado funnel has been sighted or identified by radar, a tornado warning is issued. Take shelter immediately. Remember that tornadoes can form and move quickly; therefore there may not be adequate time to issue a warning. Be alert to the fact that severe thunderstorms could trigger a tornado and be prepared.

Tornado Watch

When a tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service, the on-call residence directors and Campus Safety staff will be notified.

Tornado Warning

The Emergency Alert system will issue a message to the community informing them that the campus is under a Tornado Warning and that everyone should proceed immediately to building basements away from windows. All available Campus Life and Campus Safety staff will assist in the effort to relocate and inform those on campus.

In the event of a tornado

  1. Direct occupants to proceed in a quick and orderly manner to the nearest building basement.
  2. Instruct occupants not to leave the building.
  3. Turn off all lights and electronic equipment in the room.
  4. Provide assistance to persons with disabilities.
  5. Accompany occupants to the nearest designated shelter area in the building.
  6. Take a seat in the shelter area and wait for the warning to be lifted.

Trouble Areas and Places to Avoid

  1. All outside walls, elevators, and windows of buildings.
  2. Any low-lying area that could flood.
  3. Vehicles—do not use for shelter.
  4. Building areas with a large roof span (KAC – gym and pool).
  • Alumni Library - basement (stack room away from windows)
  • Annex House - first floor away from windows
  • Blodgett – fire panel room or basement hallway (away from windows)
  • Carriage House - Annex (first floor away from windows)
  • Classrooms – ITS offices and bathrooms or Library basement (stack room away from windows)
  • College Center – Basement (key in Academic Affairs)
  • Cottage House - Annex (first floor away from windows)
  • Crosby House – Basement laundry room (or boiler room, if opened)
  • Daniels Arts Center – lower level bathrooms in Visual Arts wing
  • Dining Hall – basement storage under the kitchen
  • Dolliver House – basement (all rooms without windows)
  • Fisher Science Center – basement boiler room
  • Hall College Center - basement (keys in Academic Affairs)
  • Hill House – first floor laundry room
  • Kellogg – basement away from windows
  • Kendrick House - laundry room
  • Kilpatrick Athletic Center - locker rooms
  • Lake Mansfield Houses - basements
  • Lecture Center – basement (hall or open rooms w/o windows)
  • Liebowitz – basement (in the corner behind the stairs)
  • Livingston Student Union – storage or boiler room (off Game Room in basement)
  • Mods - Kellogg basement away from windows
  • Orchard Houses - first floor away from windows
  • Owl's Nest - basement of Student Union
  • Physical Plant - Daniel Arts Center (lower level bathrooms)
  • Pibly House - Annex (first floor away from windows)
  • Red Brick House/Apartment - basement