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Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week: April 8-12, 2019

Lawrence will participate in the statewide tornado drill that will occur on April 11, 2019 at 1:45pm and again at 6:45pm. We encourage all members of the Lawrence community to respond to the city-wide sirens appropriately, whether you are on or off campus. 

In preparation for the drill, we would like to take this opportunity to review tornado safety guidelines:

·         Tornado Watch: Conditions exist for a tornado to develop

·         Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar

·         Signs of an approaching tornado can include dark, often greenish sky; large hail; and a large, dark low-lying cloud

·         Signs of a tornado can include a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; and/or a loud roar (similar to the sound of a freight train) 

When a tornado warning is issued for our area, Lawrence community members should take all appropriate safety precautions. The primary shelter safety guidelines to respond to a tornado warning are as follows:

·         Seek shelter immediately

·         Shelter in lower level, small, interior rooms

·         Stay away from windows, doors or exterior walls

·         If you are outside when a tornado occurs and are unable to take inside shelter, lie flat in a ditch or depression and protect your head. Avoid large trees, metal poles and other electrical conductors. Vehicles should not be used as shelter.

Please also refer to the emergency procedure plans posted throughout campus buildings.  Thank you for everyone’s cooperation with this important safety drill.