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Tornado and Storm Procedure

Campus Safety

Campus Tornado Shelters

For Tornado Warning (not Watch)

These are proper and necessary emergency actions to be taken when a Tornado Warning has been issued by Hinds Emergency Operations and/or Millsaps Campus Safety. You will hear the emergency sirens and receive the warning verbally from Campus Safety officers and/or Resident Staff. Move to the designated area listed for your dorm/building and remain there until you receive official notice that the Warning has been lifted.

A Tornado Warning Signal Means:

A tornado has been sighted. Go at once to the designated area listed for your dorm/building. If you see or hear the tornado coming, do not wait for the Warning Signal - go to your shelter area if there is time. If not, curl up on the floor and protect yourself. Lie face down, draw your knees up under you, cover the back of your head with your hands. Use a NOAA weather radio located in various locations on campus.

Tornado Danger Signs:

  • Severe Thunderstorms: Thunder, lighting, heavy rains, and strong winds.
  • Hail: Pellets of ice from dark-clouded skies.
  • Roaring Noise: Like a hundred railroad locomotives; a crashing thunderous sound.
  • Funnel: Dark, spinning "rope" or column from the sky to the ground.