Tornado Sheltering

Texas averages 125 tornadoes every year- more than any other state. They can occur at any time of year but spring and summer are considered tornado season. And, while tornadoes can happen at any time of day, they’re most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m.

In the event a tornado threatens to impact the UNT campus, you will need to take immediate tornado precautions. The following are basic guidelines to consider when planning for a tornado.

Shelter Locations:

The best place to shelter during a tornado is below ground. However, if an underground shelter is not available, seek shelter on the lowest floor of your building and away from exterior walls and windows.

If you find yourself outside, immediately seek shelter in a permanent structure and follow the above guidelines.

Modular Buildings:

While modular buildings on campus do provide adequate protection during most severe weather events, additional planning will need to be accomplished for sheltering during a tornado. Those in modular buildings should have pre-identified plans to move to buildings that can provide increased protection during a tornado. Keep in mind, once the sirens sound, it will likely be too late to proceed to a remote protective area. Because of the time it may take to move to another location, personnel should remain aware of developing events and be prepared to move to an alternate location even before a warning is issued or the sirens are activated.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The City of Denton has positioned 16 Outdoor Warning Sirens around Denton, including three on the UNT campus, to warn community members of emergency situations. When activated, the sirens emit an audible tone to warn residents they should take shelter indoors. The Denton Emergency Manager activates the sirens for any of the following conditions:

• Tornado warning issued for the City of Denton • Wind speed at or above 73 mph and/or hail 2 inches or larger in diameter

Sirens can also be used to alert citizens of:

• Hazardous material spill that involves evacuation of Denton residents to a safe location • Incident involving terrorism or suspected terrorism that involves evacuation of Denton residents to a safe location

Map of Siren Locations: http://www.cityofdenton.com/home/showdocument?id=3427