Download the established guidelines and recommended procedures (PDF) in the event of tornado watches and warnings received on campus as determined by the National Weather Service.
It is important that campus community members understand that EMU does not have onsite tornado “safe rooms” as defined by FEMA.
Since 1950 fewer than 10 tornados have occurred in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg. At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below. At some point in the past, people came up with a theory that leaving your windows open during a tornado would reduce damage. In fact, the best defense is actually to board up the windows, although there usually isn't time to do it before a tornado hits.

Forget about the old notion of opening windows to equalize pressure; the tornado will blast open the windows for you! All administrators of schools, shopping centers, nursing homes, hospitals, sports arenas, stadiums, mobile home communities and offices should have a tornado safety plan in place, with easy-to-read signs posted to direct everyone to a safe, close by shelter area.
Go to one of those shelters, or to a nearby permanent structure, using your tornado evacuation plan.
If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado.
Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
While there is no place that is 100% safe during a tornado, there are ways to provide some protection.

Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy.
There is no safe option when caught in a tornado in a car, just slightly less-dangerous ones.

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