Skip Navigation

Severe Weather

Emory is a StormReady University

Tornado Warning

Dangerous Winds

Outside during a storm

Driving during a storm

Inside during a storm

After a storm

Lightning

Weather related closures

In Atlanta, severe weather is common; damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, tornadoes, and in the winter months, ice may effect utilities or highways. The risk of a tornado striking the Emory community is low, but its consequence can be catastrophic. It is critical to be prepared. Beginning Fall 2011 Emory has contracted with a private information system provider which will allow Emory to pinpoint severe weather headed for Emory and Oxford Campuses.  Previously, the University relied on the National Weather Service, which issed countywide warnings but could not give precise geographic alerts.  

Tornado Warning

Severe Weather Safe RefugeEmory currently alerts the community of a tornado warnings headed toward Emory and/or Oxford campus(es). If a warning is issued for Emory and/or Oxford campus(es), community members are highly encouraged to take immediate action.  Emory has identified areas of safe refuge for severe weather protection on Emory's main campus as well as Oxford and Grady campuses.  In the event of severe weather locate the closest Severe Weather Safe Refuge designated area by following the building evacuation map or Emory's interactive map.  General guidance typically is to retreating to an interior room on the lowest level of a building, away from glass and doors.  Action should be taken to ensure your safety.

Emory will use components of the Emergency Notification System including outdoor sirens; emergency text messages to to enrolled students, faculty, and staff; and Emory email. An announcement will also be posted on Emory's homepage  and at the emergency twitter feed @EMORY_CEPAR.

*NOTE: Emory’s cable TV system and your weather radio will continue to alert you to the National Weather Service warning which is based on county (DeKalb, Newton).

Back to top

Dangerous Winds

Emory's weather monitoring system also will track dangerous straight-line winds, winds in excess of 60 mph. Damaging straight-lined can produce damage or a risk equal to that of a tornado.  If a warning is issued for Emory and/or Oxford campus(es), community members are highly encouraged to take immediate action, retreating to an interior room on the lowest level of a building, away from glass and doors.  Action should be taken to ensure your safety.

Emory will use components of the Emergency Notification System including outdoor sirens; emergency text messages to enrolled students, faculty, and staff; and Emory email. An announcement will also be posted on Emory's homepage at www.emory.edu/emergency and at the emergency twitter feed @EMORY_CEPAR.

*NOTE: Emory’s cable TV system and your weather radio will alert you to the National Weather Service warning which is based on county (DeKalb, Newton).

Back to top

If You Are Outside

Back to top

If You Are in a Vehicle

Back to top

If You Are Inside

Weather conditions change rapidly; monitor the National Weather Service (NWS), the Weather Channel, or your local television and/or radio station for the most updated weather conditions including when the threat for severe weather or tornadoes has passed the area. Emory will send an "All Clear" message via @Emory_CEPAR Twitter account and will remove the red alert web banner when conditions have resolved.

Back to top

After the Storm

Severe weather like a tornado may cause damage to the campus or the surrounding community. Be aware of falling debris and power line hazards. Consider calling parents and friends. Assure them that you are okay, and inform them of your whereabouts.

Back to top

Lightning

Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe indoor shelter immediately.

Back to top

Weather-Related Campus Closure

Icy conditions may lead to utility failures or traffic delays. School closure decisions will be made by 5:30 a.m. You may call 404.727.1234, tune to your local radio and TV channel, or log on to the Emory homepage at www.emory.edu for campus closure announcements.

Download the Severe Weather card (PDF 36KB)