Tornadoes

Tornado Watch
  • Have a plan for where you will go if a tornado warning is issued.
  • Don’t wait for a tornado warning to be issued.  Be prepared to seek shelter immediately.
  • Greene Hall (at the College of Veterinary Medicine) and Draughon Library are opened for the duration of all tornado watches issued for Auburn University, 24/7/365, for those who don’t have a suitable place to shelter.
  • If you plan to go to one of these locations, don’t wait for the tornado warning to be issued. Go during the tornado watch. You do not want to be on the road in a vehicle when the storm hits.
Tornado Warning
  • Classes and normal university operations are suspended for the duration of a tornado warning affecting campus.
  • Take shelter immediately in designated shelter locations, available in all campus buildings. These shelters are not "tornado proof" but are the best available area in the building for sheltering. Look for white and green shelter signs.
  • If shelter is not available, move to the center and lowest portion of the building.
  • Stay away from windows and doors until the warning expires or you are told that it is safe to leave by someone official.
  • Cover your head with any available heavy or bulky object to protect yourself.
  • DO NOT go outdoors to see the storm.
  • If you are in a vehicle, seek shelter in a building, ditch, or other safe place. Automobiles are very dangerous during high winds. Do not take shelter under an overpass, as winds can be higher and debris can be channeled through the area.
Severe Weather Shelter Areas

All campus buildings have designated severe weather shelter locations. These shelter areas are not "tornado proof" but are the best available area in the building for sheltering. Look for white and green shelter signs.

To find the locations of shelter areas in your building:

  • Look in interior areas on lower levels of the building.  Areas will be clearly marked with white and green shelter signs.
  • Look in your building emergency response plan. If you do not have a copy, contact your supervisor or Public Safety and Security at emergencymanagement@auburn.edu.
  • Ask a Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT) member in the building.
  • If you have questions or concerns about severe weather shelter areas, please contact Public Safety and Security at 334-844-8888 or emergencymanagement@auburn.edu.
Additional Resources

Auburn University

National Weather Service

Other Resources

Last Updated: Jan. 13, 2015

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