Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Severe Weather Threatens. Now What?

When severe weather threatens, being prepared is the best defense.  Image courtesy of the Dallas-Hiram Patch.
If the weather of the past few weeks in Denton, Dallas and Houston has taught us anything, it's that serious weather conditions can develop at any time--and when they do, 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 (either directly from DPS via Pioneer Alert text, email or phone call; or verbally from a university employee.)


See below for specific advice should you be in the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Dallas Center Library, or the Houston ARC when severe weather threatens.  Taking a few seconds now to familiarize yourself with these instructions is your best defense against severe weather while you are in one of the TWU Libraries.  Sidenote:  If nothing else, please read Your TWU Safety Toolbox below. 

DENTON CAMPUS' Blagg-Huey Library
•  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)
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS/library employees 

DALLAS CAMPUS' Dallas Center Library
•  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)
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS/library employees

HOUSTON CAMPUS' Houston ARC

•  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)
•  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 on-campus emergency, 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; Dallas: 214-689-6666; Houston: 713-794-2222).
  A printable copy of the DPS flyer Know What To Do--with instructions on what to do in various types of emergency situations--is available here.
  Phone numbers and other information related to bad weather closings at TWU can be found on the TWU Bad Weather Info page.

~Sandy Cochran

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