Tornado


Tornado Warning

A tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar in your immediate area. Action should be taken to ensure your safety.

If a tornado warning is issued for portions of DeKalb or Newton counties, which may impact the Emory campuses, outdoor sirens, emergency text messages to enrolled users, and Emory’s cable TV system will notify students, faculty, and staff. An Emory community email also may be sent to your Emory email address, and an announcement will be posted on Emory’s web page. You may also turn on your weather radio and monitor for information in your local county (DeKalb, Fulton, Newton, or Gwinnett).

If You Are Outside

  • Seek shelter immediately on the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building.
  • If you are outside with no shelter available, lie at in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris causes most fatalities and injuries associated with a tornado.

If You Are in a Vehicle

  • Vehicles offer little protection. If possible, go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building.
  • If shelter is not available, lie in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.

If You Are Inside

Move to the lowest level of a building, in an interior room or hallway, away from windows.

Monitoring Severe Weather

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’s emergency notification system will send an alert to the community when the NWS tornado warning has expired.

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 you are okay and inform them of your whereabouts.