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Severe Thunderstorm

Severe thunderstorms contain many hazards such as lightning, straight-line winds, flash floods, hail and tornados. For information regarding tornado procedures, please see the Tornado Emergency Procedures. Once a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the Conway or Red Hill area, take immediate action and preparedness efforts as listed below.

1. Indoors

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

  • Stay indoors until the storm passes and 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
  • Don't shower or use corded phones during the storm. Cell phones are safe to use. 
  • If possible, monitor local media for weather updates.

2. Outdoors

  • Move quickly and seek shelter inside a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle.
  • Stay away from tall things and metal conductors to avoid attracting lightning.
  • Remain inside until the storm passes and 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.
  • If possible, monitor local media for weather updates

3. Driving or in an automobile

Turn Around Don’t Drown!

  • Pull over safely and park if conditions are too dangerous to drive.
  • Stay in your vehicle and keep the windows closed. 
  • Monitor local media for weather updates.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. It only takes two feet of moving water to carry way most vehicles.

4. After the storm passes

  • Evaluate the situation and, if emergency help is necessary, call Public Safety.
  • Stay away from down power lines.
  • Avoid walking or swimming in flood waters.
  • Stay away from high water, storm drains and ditches. Even moving water only six inches deep can knock you off your feet. 

5. Report damage to Public Safety or Facilities Management. Note: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to Utility Failures Procedures.
 
6. If the building evacuation (fire) alarm is sounded, or when told to leave by University officials, walk quickly to the nearest “SAFE EXIT” and ask others to do the same. Assist the disabled in exiting the building.
 
7. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a University safety official.