Tornado Alarm Procedures

Located in the Campus Police Office is a weather radio alert system that provides notification from the National Weather Service of Severe weather conditions. The Campus Police also monitor the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department radio frequency. When the Campus Police become aware of a tornado warning via the weather radio, the police dispatcher, or sounding of the city's tornado alert siren, an officer will ensure that the campus tornado warning alarm is sounded. THE ALARM CONSISTS OF an audible tone and verbal direction.

When the tornado alarm is sounded, evacuation procedures should be as follows:
  • All persons in the Humanities, Social Science, Science, Math, Nursing, Flint, and Performing Arts Buildings should go to the lower level hallways.
  • All persons in the Jewell Center should go to the lower level hallways of the Science or Social Science Buildings.
  • Persons in the Library should go to the southeast corner of the lower level.
  • Persons in the Health Professions Building should go to the restrooms on the lower level.
  • Persons in the Community Education Building should go to the east side of the lower level.
  • Persons in the Child Care Center should go to the center of the building close to the inner walls.
  • Persons in the Field House should go to the dressing room areas in the lower level.
  • Persons in the Print Shop should go to the lower level restrooms of the Allied Health Building or inside the Supervisor’s office.
  • Persons in the New Service Building should go to the janitor's closet located in the interior part of the building.

In all of the above cases it is important to stay away from glassed areas. When it is determined that the threat of a tornado no longer exists, the Campus Police will sound an "all clear" signal, which will consist of three short siren blasts. At this signal all persons may leave their sheltered areas.

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