High Winds/Tornado


These weather events can occur ahead and within an approaching storm. They are likely to occur with little to no warning and should be planned for prior to any potential event.

General Precautions

  • Avoid windows and glass items.
  • Avoid interior and exterior doors.
  • Keep occupants as far away as possible from entrances.
  • Avoid areas where chemicals are stored.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the exterior walls of the building.

If a tornado threatens, you should leave automobiles and portable structures for a more substantial shelter such as a building.

Tornado Watch

Review your severe weather action plan. Usual activities can continue, but be prepared.

Tornado Warning

A tornado is imminent! General precautions and sheltering in place are advised. If you have a weather radio, it should be taken with you to a safe area in the building.

Shelter in Place

This is the act of seeking refuge in an area inside a building that offers occupants an elevated level of protection during a tornado or other severe weather emergency. This is usually the inner most (core) area of the building free of windows and exterior doors.

  • Tornado is imminent/about to strike your immediate area.
  • Go to the lowest level of building.
  • Occupants should move to the core of the building.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Go to interior hallway.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck in a crouched position.
  • Standby for instructions by UTRGV Emergency Personnel.