Tornado/Severe Weather

First contact: Security
Designated Emergency Response Number: 419-448-2211

A tornado watch/severe weather watch means tornadoes are likely to develop. Employees are expected to be alert to changing weather situations and be prepared to take action if upgraded to a warning. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted in the immediate area. Employees/students are expected to take the following action:

  1. The city of Tiffin will activate sirens in the event of a tornado warning. If you receive notification of a tornado warning or see a tornado, move to the lowest level in an interior hallway of the building as quickly as possible.
  2. Stay away from windows and areas with a large expanse of glass.
  3. Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums and other large rooms with free-span roofs.
  4. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. DO NOT PANIC.
  5. If persons with disabilities cannot safely move to the lowest level, assist them to an interior hallway away from windows and areas with a large expanse of glass.
  6. Protect your head and face. If possible, get under a sturdy table or other structure.
  7. If possible, take a battery-powered radio with you to monitor news about the tornado.
  8. Stay in a safe area of the building until the warning is officially over.
  9. If a tornado causes significant property damage, injury, and/or loss of life, the Director of Security will contact the Emergency Operations Team members.