Severe Weather Emergencies

University Police are responsible for monitoring weather conditions and notifying the campus community if/when the threat of such weather warrants special attention or actions.

During potential severe weather conditions, University Police monitor all reports through consultation with the National Weather Service at Gray, Maine, and other local and state emergency response agencies, including the Plymouth and Holderness Fire and Police Departments.

Thunderstorm Preparation

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Weather conditions are such that a severe thunderstorm may develop. Monitor weather reports and campus notifications. If at all possible, stay indoors until the threat has passed.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning – A severe thunderstorm has developed and will probably affect those areas stated in the weather bulletin. For your safety, stay indoors until the threat has passed.

Tornado Preparation

  • Tornado Watch – indicates that weather conditions in the area are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. During a watch, normal activities should continue unless instructed otherwise by University Emergency Staff or the Administration. All departments should have staff available to monitor communications and disseminate messages. Communications should be monitored as long as scheduled uses of the buildings continue. All watches are canceled by official notification only.
  • Tornado Warning – indicates that a tornado has been sighted and is a threat to the area.
    • When a tornado warning has been issued for Grafton County, campus officials and all available emergency and facilities personnel will move all occupants in a building to the pre-determined safest area for that building.
    • The safest area in a building during a tornado is usually the basement or an interior hallway of the lowest floor.
    • Seek shelter under sturdy furniture if no basement is available.
    • If outside and unable to get to a building, lie flat in the nearest depression, ditch or ravine.
    • Never wait out a tornado inside a car.
    • Tornado warnings are canceled by official notification only.

Hurricane Preparation

  • Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch – indicates that current tracking shows a storm moving in a path that may take it over a certain area. During watches, University staff will work together to determine the best course of action to prevent injury and property damage on the campus. Normal activities should continue unless instructed otherwise by University Emergency Staff or the Administration. All departments should have staff available to monitor communications and disseminate messages. Communications should be monitored as long as scheduled uses of the buildings continue. All watches are canceled by official notification only.
  • Hurricane Warning – indicates that a hurricane is expected in the area within 24 hours. Your response and the response of the University to the warning will vary based upon the storms intensity. These actions can include school closings, evacuations, shelter in place, cancellation of sporting events and work around campus to secure buildings and equipment.

During any weather watch or warning it is extremely important to monitor campus communications and react accordingly. For your safety and the safety of those around you, respond quickly to all instructions from Campus and Emergency Officials.

Safety and Prevention Tips

Fire Prevention Tip #9

Avoid running cords underneath rugs or traffic areas to avoid damage.