During severe weather, members of the University of Montevallo community should be alert for warnings issued by radio, television, and UM Alert. University Police monitor the National Weather Service Radio for severe weather bulletins. Upon receiving a tornado warning, including the University, University Police will take appropriate steps to warn the UM community.
When a warning is received on campus, persons should go immediately to the lowest level of the building they are in and take shelter in interior rooms or hallways away from windows and doors. Persons outside a building, when a warning is given, should go to the nearest open building and seek shelter.
TORNADO WARNING: One long continuous blast on the siren. Each activation of the siren indicates a new tornado threat.
ALERT WARNINGS: Alert warnings are received by UM Alert; e-mail, phone call or Text.
NOTE: In the event the siren is inoperative, University Police patrol cars will periodically cruise the campus with SIRENS ON and BLUE LIGHTS OFF announcing the warning on the vehicle PA system.
There will be no ALL CLEAR siren given.
There are areas on campus which have been designated as shelter areas and these may be used if time and safety permit. However, when threatening weather conditions exist and tornado warnings are given, time combined with the danger of severe lightning, rain and falling tree limbs may not permit safe passage from one building to another. Persons thus denied safe passage should remain where they are seeking the safest location therein.
When the university is officially open, the following areas may be used as shelters:
Jeter Hall basement
Bloch Hall basement
Napier Hall basement
Davis Hall basement
Ramsay Hall basement
Speech & Hearing basement
Hanson Hall basement