See also: UNL Severe Weather Awareness FAQ
IN THE EVENT OF A TORNADO WARNING:
- Lincoln/Lancaster County Emergency Management will activate emergency sirens upon confirmation of a tornado. The duration of sirens is 3 minutes. All University personnel are directed to seek shelter upon activation of the sirens. It is not safe to leave the shelter until local radio and television stations announce that the warning has expired.
- Where available, the University may provide supplemental notification of Lincoln/Lancaster County Emergency Management tornado
warnings through one of the following methods:
- Amplified voice announcements over the public address system.
- UNL Alert
- Other approved devices
- Move quickly to the tornado shelters listed on posters in university buildings.
- Do not use elevators.
- Stay away from windows.
- If a tornado strikes, help avoid telephone overloads. Do not use telephones (including cell phones) except for emergency.
- Seek indoor shelter if possible.
- Parked motor vehicles are unsafe. Seek indoor shelter.
- If an indoor shelter is not available and there is not time for escape, lie flat in a ditch or low spot.
- If you are on flat ground and are caught in the path of a tornado, always move at right angles to its path.
Individuals with Mobility Impairments or Physical Disabilities
Prior planning and practice of evacuation routes to tornado shelters listed on posters in university buildings is important particularly for individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities.
Supervisory personnel and course instructors are responsible for identifying and escorting individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities located in their offices/facilities or classrooms to safety in a tornado shelter in the event of a tornado warning.
The elevators may be used to transport individuals with mobility impairments or physical disabilities and their escorts to tornado shelters. Visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals may be escorted down the stairs to tornado shelters but may require assistance in moving in crowded staircases and in finding the tornado shelter.
In the event of a power failure, individuals who are unable to use the stairs and their escorts should move to an interior location without windows and call the University operator at (402) 472-7211 who will notify the appropriate emergency personnel with the location.
UNL NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
Amplified Voice System-- The following buildings are connected to the University's internal warning system activated by IS-Communications that uses a public address system to carry an amplified voice message:
- 14 & Avery Parking Garage
- 17th R Parking Garage (UNL PD)
- 420 University Terrace
- 900 N 21 (Textron)
- Abel Sandoz Welcome Center
- Animal Science
- Barkley Center
- Beadle Center
- Business Services (1700 Y)
- Dental College
- Facilities Maintenance Shops – 942 N 22nd
- Facilities Management (1901 Y)
- Hardin Hall
- Harper/Schramm/Smith Food Service
- Hawks Championship Center
- Housing-1115 N 16
- Husker Courtyards (733 N. 17)
- Husker Hall
- Husker Village North
- Husker Village South
- International Quilt Studies
- Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
- Knoll Residence Center
- Leverton Hall
- Library Depository
- Lied Center
- Love Library South
- Love Memorial
- McCollum-Law College
- Military & Naval Science
- Modular Lab
- Morrill Hall
- Nebraska Hall
- Nebraska Union (City Campus)
- Natural Resources
- North Stadium
- Physical Sciences
- Q Place Gallery
- Ross Van Brunt
- Selleck #4000-6000
- Selleck #7000, 8000 & 9000 (dining)
- Sheldon Art Gallery
- Teachers College
- Transportation Services (1931 N 14)
- Veterinary Diagnostic
- Watson (1309 N 17)
- West Stadium
Message provided by owner in these buildings: 1320 Q, Devaney and NET.
Tone-Alert Receiver Systems--The University buildings that do not have the internal warning systems or cannot hear the outdoor warning sirens activated by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Emergency Management, will be issued both National Weather Service and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Department of Emergency Management tone-alert receivers. These receivers are activated by radio frequency signals from the respective organizations, and the pertinent weather information is broadcast.
Television and radio announcements-- When a watch has been issued pay close attention to these broadcast signals and anticipate the possibility of severe weather.
DEFINITION OF TERMS:
Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form. Be alert to weather conditions and announcements.
Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or radar indicates rotation in the clouds. TAKE SHELTER!
If you need additional posters or have any questions, contact Tracy Grauer at 402-472-3712. Report a non-functioning alarm to Facilities Management at 402-472-1550.