Weather Emergencies: Shelter-In-Place

Tornadoes and Severe Storms present a substantial threat to Morgan State University, especially during the spring and summer seasons.

Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms

  1. A tornado watch means that tornadoes could develop in the designated area;
  2. A tornado warning means that a tornado has actually been sighted in the area or is indicated by radar.
  3. A severe thunderstorm watch indicates the possibility of thunderstorms, frequent lightning and/or damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain.
  4. A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm has actually been sighted in the area or is indicated by radar.

Everyone should pay attention to weather conditions, listen to the radio and television for weather alert information or if you receive an alert from Morgan State University, seek shelter immediately.

  1. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible.
  2. If warnings are issued or if you receive an alert that says "Weather Emergency: Shelter-In- Place", or if you see threatening weather approaching, seek shelter immediately.
  3. If you are outdoors: 
    • Seek inside shelter immediately;
    • Do not try to outrun tornadoes in vehicles, but leave them and seek indoor shelter or low spots off the side of roads;
  4. Once you get to, or if you are already in a building:
    • Move to safer areas, such as basements;
    • If underground shelters are not available, move to interior rooms or hallways on the lowest floors and get under sturdy pieces of furniture; and stay away from windows.

Faculty and Staff, if safe to do so, are requested to provide direction and assistance to students and visitors by directing them to a location where they may seek shelter.