Office of Risk Management

Know what to do: Seek Shelter

In Texas, severe storms can occur throughout the year. Frequently the storms include the following (in order of frequency):

  • Lightning
  • Very high winds – 45 -70 miles per hour
  • Hail: ice from ¼ “ to 4”
  • The potential for tornados
BEFORE AN EMERGENCY
  • Know when there is a threat for severe weather; find a trusted source for your weather information, whether a smartphone app, social media, a website, television or radio.
  • Be aware of where you may take shelter in any of the buildings you regularly spend time.
SEEK SHELTER WHEN YOU HEAR SIRENS, OR WHEN YOU RECEIVE A TEXT ALERT FOR A SEVERE STORM WARNING OR TORNADO WARNING
  • A warning is issued when a dangerous storm is in the immediate area, or approaching the immediate area.
  • Most often, a warning is accompanied by outdoor warning sirens.
  • Often these storms have already caused damage or injuries in other areas before arriving here.
KNOW HOW TO TAKE SHELTER
  • Go into a building
  • Get far away from glass windows, walls, or doors
  • Go to the lowest possible level in a building
    • Exception: if the building has no basement and the ground level of the building is a large glass area. In this case you may be safer on a floor without as much glass
  • Go to hallways that are at the center of the building
  • Bathrooms often meet many of the above criteria and can be a good sheltering choice
  • Basements are preferred if the building is equipped with one