April 24–28, 2017 has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota. With the approach of warmer weather, it is important to remind BHSU Faculty, Staff and Students to take a moment to review our emergency procedures for severe weather.
In the event of developing weather conditions that could potentially spawn severe weather, the National Weather Service will issue either a Severe Thunderstorm Watch or a Tornado Watch. A Watch means that atmospheric conditions exist for severe weather to develop.
If the National Weather Service upgrades a Watch to a Warning, it means that severe storm conditions exist and that you should take shelter immediately.
Severe weather advisories will be broadcast on local radio and television stations. If you hear that a Severe Weather Watch has been issued for your general area, you should stay alert to weather conditions and be ready to seek shelter. If a Tornado Warning is issued civil defense sirens will be sounded in a non-broken continuous tone that will last up to 3-minutes in duration.
At the sounding of a Severe Weather Warning, take cover in a basement or interior room of your home. If you live in a mobile home, leave at once and seek another shelter. If you are located in a public building go to a lower interior area of the building. Use stairways and avoid the use of elevators. If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a ditch or low area on the ground. Avoid positioning yourself near trees, power lines and telephone poles. If you are in a motor vehicle do not attempt to outrun the tornado, stop, exit the vehicle immediately and seek shelter away from your vehicle. For campus emergency shelter locations, see the information below.
Tornadoes are rare in this area but can and do happen here. We all need to be alert to the weather conditions, act quickly when a tornado is detected, and remain calm. You and your family should know in advance what to do if the civil defense warnings are issued.
State-wide Tornado Drills will be conducted on Wednesday April 26, 2017 sometime between 9 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.
Campus Emergency Shelter locations:
Meier Hall – 1st floor away from the doors and any windows.
Woodburn Hall - 1st floor away from the doors or the Library 1st floor.
Library – basement.
Wenona Cook - 1st floor south side corridor, interior doors closed.
Facilities Services – Lower level of building, near an interior wall.
Jonas - basement.
Student Union - 1st floor corridor, or the Jonas basement.
Young Center - Administration Office Area, athletic shower rooms 1st floor, corridor between the shower area and gym.
Crow Peak, Heidepriem & Thomas Residence Halls - 1st floors, interior doors closed.
Humbert Residence Hall - 1st floor south, interior doors closed.
Apartments - first floor bathroom tub with mattress over the top of you or the Young Center.
Life Sciences Laboratory – Loading dock area northwest corner of the building.
Joy Center – basement.