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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.
  • Weather watch resources:


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