Campus Safety

Severe Weather

Dangerous weather can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and winter storms. Stay alert to weather conditions and seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.

Weather advisories

  • A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Monitor the situation closely if the weather deteriorates.
  • A warning means severe weather has actually been observed and is imminent. Seek shelter immediately.

Weather warnings

Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado is approaching the area. Campus warning sirens will sound a tone and a voice warning that a tornado is approaching and people should take shelter immediately. CU Safe Alerts will be sent to campus email addresses and to cell phones of people who signed up for that service.

You should tune to local television or radio stations for the latest information about approaching severe weather.  

Severe weather tips

  • Have a good flashlight on hand.
  • In a thunderstorm, no place outside is safe. A substantially constructed building offers the best protection.
  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances and plumbing.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find safe shelter immediately.

Winter weather

A winter storm in Upstate South Carolina can last for several days and disrupt travel, utilities and other services.

Plan for the worst and have adequate clothing, food and water ready before it is needed.

Driving in winter weather is particularly treacherous in the Upstate where there is little snow-removal equipment available. Stay off the roads as much as possible.

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