Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What To Do When Severe Weather Approaches

Severe Weather Threatens. Now What? Springtime in Texas means serious weather conditions can
develop at any time. Preparation is the key to staying safe. Image of storm conditions in Dallas as seen from
the Dallas Center Library. Photograph by Ellen Hamlett. March 8, 2016.     
It's Springtime in Texas, and we all know what that means--serious weather conditions can develop at any time. When they do, being prepared is your best defense. 

If severe weather strikes while you're at the TWU Libraries in Denton, Dallas, or Houstondo you know what to do? Prepare by getting familiar with the guidelines below.

SEVERE WEATHER GUIDELINES 
According to TWU's Department of Public Safety (DPS)as soon as you're 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 from DPS via a Pioneer Alert text, email, or phone call, or from another university employee.)

If you're at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room 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 or a library staff member. 

If you're at the Dallas Center Library during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room away from doors and windows (the first-floor auditorium is a good place to go).
•  Wait for an all clear message from DPS or a library staff member.

If you're at the Houston ARC during severe weather conditions:
•  Listen for instructions from DPS or a library staff member.
•  Seek shelter, using an interior room 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 or a library staff member.
•  Off campus? Call the TWU Houston Severe Weather Closure Hotline (713-794-2310) after a weather emergency to see if the campus is open.

A TWU SAFETY TOOLBOX

Use these tools to prepare for severe weather and other emergency situations at TWU.
•  The TWU Department of Public Safety uses the Pioneer Alert system to alert TWU students and faculty and staff members of on-campus emergencies or campus closings. Sign up here to receive alerts.
•  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 for handling various types of emergency situationsis 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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