Inclement Weather Plan

The Emergency Management Team (EMT) has prepared the following emergency weather preparation guidelines for students, faculty and staff:


Information for Students


Preparations before a major storm:

  • Have flashlights and fresh batteries ready. Remember no candles are permitted in the residence halls.
  • Obtain a battery operated radio. Tune to station WRVA-1140 AM or the Weather Channel for the latest information on the storm’s progress.
  • Collect bottled water and non-perishable food.
  • Make sure your cell phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices are fully charged.


During a storm:

  • Stay in your residence hall. Do not go outside. Downed electrical lines, flying debris, and flash flooding can be life-threatening.
  • Keep away from windows, glass doors and skylights. Breaking glass can cause severe injuries.
  • Keep your blinds and/or curtains drawn and your windows tightly shut.
  • Follow directions from your RA’s and RBC employees.
  • Use your flashlights. DO NOT USE OPEN FLAMES such as candles or kerosene lamps.
  • If an injury of a life-threatening nature should occur, call 911 immediately. Routine health questions and concerns should await regular office hours.


If a tornado watch is announced:

  • Remain calm and stay inside.
  • A “watch” indicates that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado in and around the watch area and a “warning” indicates that a tornado is imminent or has touched down in the area. If a tornado watch is announced for the Tri-City area or nearby counties pay careful attention to radio, TV or Internet reports in case it is upgraded to a warning.  If the power is out, listen to your battery-operated radios and heed the advice of your RA’s.


If a tornado warning is announced:

  • A “warning” indicates that a tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.