What to do in the event of a tornado:
- If a cloudy sky becomes stormy or rough in appearance -- Tune in to local radio or area television broadcasts for possible advisories from the National Weather Service. Remain alert for a worsening sky and the approach of storms, especially from the area generally southwest of Clemson.
- Preplan you refuge—this action is the key to your safety! A TORNADO WATCH indicates that conditions are right for spawning tornadoes. If a TORNADO WATCH is issued, designate an observer to monitor the weather conditions.
- Individuals should observe the southwestern sky and listen for further advisories. Be sure that you and any group that you may be supervising will be able to reach one of the following areas in seconds:
— a BASEMENT area with no windows, especially a CIVIL DEFENSE
— a BOTTOM FLOOR HALLWAY.
— an INTERIOR HALLWAY or SMALL INTERIOR ROOM with no windows.
- DO NOT seek refuge in the following areas: Gymnasiums, auditoriums, dining halls, workshops, laboratories, classrooms, exterior rooms with windows, elevators, stairwells, non-masonry buildings, barns, utility areas, mobile units and mobile vehicles. DO NOT SEEK REFUGE OUTSIDE. However, if there is no other choice plan to lie flat in a ditch or culvert!
Go! Take cover before it strikes! When a TORNADO WARNING is broadcast in the Clemson area go immediately to your refuge! (A TORNADO WARNING announces that a tornado has been sighted in the area.)
- Upon observing dark rolling clouds, unusual lightning, hail, driving rain, sudden increase in wind, or
possibly a funnel cloud, GO IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR REFUGE!
- Upon hearing a buzzing, or roaring sound, RUN TO YOUR REFUGE! Stay off elevators! Do not use stairwells when the storm is striking!
- When inside your refuge, sit on the floor. DO NOT SMOKE. If a tornado strikes duck your head
between your knees and cover the back of your head with your hands for protection.
- Leave your refuge with caution. Multiple tornadoes can occur in one storm.
For more information contact:
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety • 255 Poole Agricultural Center • CU • Clemson, SC 29634 • (864) 656-2583 or
Dr. Jack Abraham • Director of Emergency Preparedness • 105 Tillman Hall • CU • Clemson, SC 29634 • (864) 656-5263
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety