Tornado Drill Thursday
REMINDER: State-wide tornado drill is Thursday, April 18, from 1 - 2 p.m.
UW-Parkside Safety and Risk Management Director Bob Grieshaber offers tips as you consider your tornado emergency plan.
Where would you seek shelter whether at home or at work?
Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm.
Preferably, move to a basement and get under a sturdy table or the stairs. On campus we recommend the D2 level as the most secure area. If moving to the D2 level creates its own hazard by traveling past exterior glass or skylights, then move to an interior room or hallway.
Keep in mind that our campus "safe haven" rescue areas are often located in the stairwells and may not be appropriate as a tornado shelter if there is exterior glass. Also, avoid free-span roofs like those in gymnasiums and swimming pools.
Shelter locations can be found at the UW-Parkside tornado warnings and alert policy.
On campus, how will you learn of severe weather emergencies?
Ranger Alert is our primary communication method for severe weather emergencies.
We'll use Ranger Alert on the drill day; please pay attention to the email alerts, text messaging, web page banners and postings on social media. If you haven't signed up for Ranger Alert you can do so online.
Can you hear the outdoor siren from your location on campus?
The siren is intended for persons outdoors, however, you may still be able to hear the siren in our buildings.
The siren indicates a tornado warning and you should seek shelter.
What will you do if caught outdoors?
If caught outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building.
If you cannot quickly walk to shelter, get into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have two options as a last resort: Stay in the vehicle with the seatbelt on and place your head below the windows. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the roadway, exit the vehicle and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Do not seek shelter under an overpass.