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Severe Weather

UTHSC will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions. The majority of university activities can continue safely. However, departments must monitor severe weather and review their operations to ensure they can be conducted safely.

If inclement weather occurs, Health Science Center students, faculty and staff may stay informed of the campus' status by:

  • Calling 44UT ICE (448-8423). Since the hot line can provide the most up-to-date information, it will be the official information source.;
  • the Health Science Center Homepage
  • Local television and radio stations.

Additionally, UTHSC offices will be considered open unless the announcement specifically says all offices will be closed.

If severe weather is likely (winter storm, high winds, thunder, lightning, hail, flash floods):

  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Monitor the weather for local conditions.
  • Seek appropriate shelter (if there is a thunderstorm, remain there until thirty minutes after the last rumble of thunder).
      • Sheds, tents, and covered porches don’t protect you from lightning.
      • Find a sturdy building or get into a hard topped metal vehicle with the windows closed.
  • Do NOT use a corded phone if you hear thunder. Cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
  • Keep away from electrical equipment, wiring, and water pipes.
      • Sensitive electronics should be unplugged.
      • Don’t take a bath, shower, or use other plumbing during a thunderstorm.
      • Stay away from utility poles, tall trees, and towers during a thunderstorm.
  • Avoid high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or tunnels.
      • Don’t drive through a flooded road. A few inches of water can be deadly.
      • If you’re at work, monitor the campus notifications and follow the directions provided.

In the case of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch:

Before:

  • A thunderstorm watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of a thunderstorm.
  • Stay alert for changing weather conditions and be prepared to take action.
  • If available, listen to the TV or radio for details.

Beginning or During:

  • Move inside a building.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Stay calm.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • If available, listen to a radio or TV for updates.

After:

Listen for the "all clear" signal that the threat is over.

In the case of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

Before:

  • A severe thunderstorm can have severe lightning and damaging hail.
  • Stay alert for changing weather conditions and be prepared to take action.
  • If available, listen to the TV or radio for details.

Beginning or During:

  • Move inside a building.
  • Do not go outside until the warning has expired.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Stay calm.
  • Do not use the telephone.
  • If available, listen to a radio or TV for updates.

After:

Listen for the "all clear" signal that the threat is over.

Last Published: Nov 27, 2017