Severe Weather

Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter for your location. Check with your immediate supervisor or residence hall director for the location of emergency area of refuge. Generally, you should use the lowest level away from windows.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

(Weather conditions are right for a severe thunderstorm.)

Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the situation.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

(Severe thunderstorms are occurring.)

The city's emergency siren may sound a steady tone for three minutes or longer if there is danger in the immediate area. Move to a place of shelter.

Remain indoors and away from windows until the severe storm passes.

Report any injuries and damage by dialing ext. 2111 and/or 9-911.

Be prepared to give the following information:

  • Your name
  • Building name
  • Type of injury or damage
  • The location of any injured person(s) or building damage
  • Room number you are calling from

Tornado Watch

(Weather conditions are right for a tornado.)

Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the situation.

Tornado Warning

(Radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado.)

The city's emergency siren will sound a steady tone for three minutes or longer if there is danger in the immediate area.

Take the following actions:

  • Use center hallways, bathrooms, or rooms away from windows. If time and space permit, move to lower floors. Stay away from windows and doors. Cover yourself when possible to protect against flying debris. Take a portable radio, flashlight and cell phone if you can. Stay out of auditoriums, gymnasiums and other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
  • After the storm passes, leave badly damaged buildings, if it is safe to do so. Do not use the elevators.
  • If it is not safe or possible to leave the area, stay and wait for assistance.
  • Do not attempt to return to the building unless directed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Do not turn on or off any utilities or other equipment.
  • Report all injuries and damage to Campus Safety and Security, ext. 2111, and/or 9-911.

Be prepared to give the following information:

  • Your name
  • Building name
  • Type of injury or damage
  • The location of any injured person(s) or building damage
  • Room number you are calling from

Radio Stations and Websites for Information

Decorah Radio Stations—100.5 and 104.7 FM, and 1240 AM

Website—emergency.luther.edu