Sunday, April 6, 2014

You're In The Library When Severe Weather Threatens. Now What?

Keep Calm and Wait for the "All Clear":  TWU students talk, read and bide their time in the Remote 
Storage area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.  After an announcement warning of
severe weather in the area, TWU students quickly and calmly made their way to the ground floor of the
library to wait for the "all clear" signal from DPS.  Normally reserved for the storage of library materials, the
windowless interior space on the Denton library's lowest level is a good place for Blagg-Huey Library patrons
to seek shelter from severe weather conditions.  Thursday, April 3, 2014.  Photograph by Sam 
Coronado. 
Along with bluebonnets and balmy breezes, spring in Texas brings unpredictable, stormy and sometimes severe weather.

When it comes to severe weather conditions and other emergency situations, being prepared is the best defense. According to TWU's Department of Public Safety (DPS), as soon as you are notified of approaching severe weather you should seek shelter--using an interior room away from doors and windows if possible--and wait for an "all clear" message (alerts can come directly from DPS via text, email or phone Pioneer Alerts, or verbally from a university employee.)  


In the TWU Denton or Dallas library--or the TWU Houston ARC--when you hear that severe weather is imminent?  Here's what to do.
 

BLAGG-HUEY LIBRARY (DENTON CAMPUS)
~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (the Garden Level hallways, restrooms and Remote Storage area are good places to go); and
~Wait for an all clear message from DPS/library employees.

DALLAS CENTER LIBRARY (DALLAS CAMPUS)
~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (the first-floor auditorium is a good place to go); and
~Wait for an all clear message from DPS/library employees.

HOUSTON ARC (HOUSTON CAMPUS)
~Listen for instructions from DPS/library employees;
~Seek shelter, using interior rooms away from doors and windows (stairwell B--with its fire doors and windowless, reinforced walls--is a good place to go); and
~Wait for an all clear message from DPS/library employees.
~After a weather emergency, those off campus are encouraged to call the TWU Houston Severe Weather Closure Hotline (713-794-2310) to see if the campus is open.

YOUR TWU SAFETY TOOLBOX

~The TWU Department of Public Safety uses the Pioneer Alert system to alert students and faculty and staff members in the case of a significant emergency on a campus, or a campus closing.  Sign up to receive alerts on this page.
~It's a good idea to keep the DPS emergency number for your campus in your phone [Denton: 940-898-2911 (x2911); Dallas: 214-689-6666 (x6666); Houston: 713-794-2222 (x2222)].
~A printable copy of the "Know What To Do" DPS flyer can be found here.
~Phone numbers and other information related to bad weather closings at TWU can be found on the TWU Bad Weather Info page.

Stay safe, everybody.
~Sandy Cochran

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