The following information is provided concerning procedures that should be followed in case of tornado watches or warnings.
A tornado WATCH is issued by the National
Weather Service when weather conditions are right for a tornado to form.
No action is indicated during a tornado watch except to be ready to
move if a warning is issued. To keep informed on local severe weather
information, listen to FM radio stations 102.3, 98.7, or 107.1 or an
Atlanta TV station (channels 2, 11, 46 and weather channel 40). RA
offices are equipped with weather radios that sound when weather is
A tornado WARNING is issued when a tornado
has actually been sighted. If Campus Safety receives a warning from the
National Weather Service, they will activate the siren on Hermann hall.
Police cars will be dispatched with loudspeakers and/or sirens to warn
the Berry Community. The TV stations listed above will also issue
Persons should move immediately to shelter
in a reinforced building. The basements or interior hallways on a lower
floor are safest. Upper stories are unsafe. If there is no time to
descend, a closet or small room with stout walls or an inside hallway
will give some protection against flying debris. Stay away from windows!
AVOID AUDITORIUMS OR GYMNASIUMS WITH LARGE POORLY SUPPORTED CEILINGS
AND ROOFS. If you are in a building, do not go outside to another
building, even if you think that building would provide more
protection--you are safer indoors.
Students in regular residence halls
should proceed to first floor hallways or basements (when possible) and
wait there until they are notified that the tornado warning has expired.
Students in the Townhouses should go to
an interior rooms without windows (bathrooms) and wait there until they
are notified that the tornado warning has expired. Do not attempt to go
to any other nearby building (such as Cook, Ladd or Hermann Hall). If
you are in an upper suite, we encourage you to go downstairs to a
neighbor's Townhouse if you can safely do so.
Students in Dorothy and Robinwood
Cottages should go to their basements and wait there until they are
notified that the tornado warning has expired.