A. WINTER STORMSLimestone University ordinarily will not close simply because ice and/or snow have made driving hazardous. Because so many students live on campus, every effort will be made to hold classes and have offices open. Employees and students should understand that classes would be held, but that they should run no unreasonable risks to get to the campus. They will be able to make up any missed work.
If Limestone University is to be closed or delayed due to inclement weather or an emergency, the University will:
- Notify each of the following radio or television stations to carry the message of closing, delayed opening, or event cancellation:
- WEAC 1500 AM
- WYFF-TV News Channel 4
- WSPA-TV News Channel 7
- WHNS-TV Fox 21
- WSOC-TV News Channel 13
- Post the information prominently on the college homepage as well as the Emergency Page.
- Broadcast a message through the Limestone Alert System, an emergency notification system that can broadcast messages via voice, text, and email messages. If you have not updated your contact information, please do so immediately by clicking here or going to this address http://limestone.edu/emergency/lasregister.htm
- Broadcast a message to voicemail and email. If you think the University may be closing, conduct a check of your voicemail messages or try to contact your supervisor or the University switchboard.
Limestone University administrators will strive to make a decision regarding closing, delayed opening or event cancellation as early as possible, situation permitting. The Communications Department will notify the above radio and television stations regarding the University’s operating status as soon as receiving orders from Limestone administrators.
B. FLOODING/HEAVY RAINSFlash floods can strike any time and any place with little or no warning. In mountainous or flat terrain, distant rain may be channeled into gullies and ravines, turning a quiet streamside campsite into a rampaging torrent in minutes. City streets can become rivers in seconds.
Observe these flash flood safety rules. They could save your life.
- Keep alert for signs of heavy rain (thunder and lightning), both where you are and upstream.
- Watch for rising water levels.
- Know where high ground is and get there quickly if you see or hear rapidly rising water.
- Be especially cautious at night. It's harder to recognize the danger then.
- Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep. If you have doubts, don't cross.
- Don't try to drive through flooded areas.
- If your vehicle stalls, abandon it and seek higher ground immediately.
- During threatening weather; listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for Watch and Warning Bulletins.
Flash Flood WATCH: This means that it is possible that rains will cause flash flooding in the specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency.
Flash Flood WARNING: This means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent in the specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.
C. HURRICANESHurricane WATCH: Hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to your area. In especially vulnerable areas, and make preparations. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and commercial radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your location.
Hurricane WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in your area within 24 hours. Areas subject to storm surge or tides should be evacuated as well as areas which could be isolated by flood waters. Follow the instructions of local officials. You will not be asked to leave your home unless your life is threatened.
- When your area receives a hurricane warning:
- Leave low-lying areas.Moor your boat securely or evacuate it.
- Protect your windows with boards, shutters, or tape.
- Secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Fuel your car.
- Save several days' water supply.
- Stay at home if it is sturdy and on high ground.
- Leave mobile homes for more substantial shelter.
- Stay indoors during the hurricane.
A tornado is a violent whirling wind, characteristically accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud extending down from a cumulonimbus cloud. The air pressure at the bottom of the funnel of swirling air is extremely low. When this low pressure area touches the ground, it acts like a giant vacuum cleaner. Some tornadoes even occur over water. A tornado over a lake or ocean is called a waterspout.
If a tornado "watch" is issued for your area, it means that a tornado is "possible."
If a tornado "warning" is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or is strongly indicated on radar, and it is time to go to a safe shelter immediately. Refer to the BUILDING EVACUATION portion of this document. If you are to evacuate campus you will be notified by the proper campus authority.
Choose a safe place in every room--under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall where nothing can fall on you. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. If there's no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you.