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Severe Weather - Tornado/Thunderstorm
A Tornado Warning or Thunderstorm Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, and means a tornado or severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Persons close to the storm should take shelter immediately, and remain there until the danger is past. Others should be prepared to take cover if threatening conditions are sighted.
It is the responsibility of all faculty and staff to be familiar with the following procedures and to direct instruct all students, guests, and others of the procedures required and of the suggested shelter areas. Individuals should seek shelter in building interiors preferably on lower levels, and use areas such as hallways, or rooms without windows and with doors that close. Avoid windows or areas with large amounts of glass, and large open areas such as atriums, gymnasiums, lobbies.
 
SEVERE WEATHER PROCEDURES:
DAY HOURS
1.County Centers and other off-campus sites are responsible to monitor weather conditions, and in severe weather take shelter as outlined in other sections of these procedures.
 
2.Facilities and Campus Security will monitor all weather conditions. Watches or warnings, or any expected severe conditions will be reported to the Associate Vice President of Facilities & Security, or his/her designee. In the event of a warning, the Presidentís Office will also be notified.
 
3.In the event that weather conditions deteriorate, the Associate Vice President of Facilities & Security, or his/her designee, will determine the need for a "take shelter" warning. The President's Office will be notified. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified via Kirkwood Alert. The President's Office will notify Cabinet members.
 
4.Administrative offices shall ensure that all personnel in their areas have been notified. It is critical that every room, on every floor, of every building be notified of threatening weather conditions.
 
5.Be polite but firm when directing others to shelter. If a person refuses to shelter, advise the individual they are putting themselves at risk, and go to shelter yourself.
 
6.When a thunderstorm warning is issued by the National Weather Service, Facilities & Campus Security will notify any department(s) in wooden frame structures if situation is considered dangerous for occupants to remain.
 
 
EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS
1.During evening and weekend hours, each County Center and other off-campus sites are independently responsible to monitor weather conditions and in severe weather take shelter as outlined in other sections of these procedures.
 
2.On main campus, Facilities and Campus Security will monitor weather conditions.
 
3.In the event a Facilities administrator is not available, Campus Security and on-duty custodial staff shall be responsible for monitoring weather conditions and performing the tasks below.
 
4.Upon notification of a weather watch, Facilities & Campus Security will notify the Athletic Complex to inform them of the potential for severe weather.
 
5.If the path and severity of the storm warrants, the custodians will be informed through the Facilities administrator, of the situation and be advised to be alert for further information and instructions.
 
6.The Facilities administrator will make the determination for a "take shelter" warning. The warning will be relayed thru Kirkwood Alert and the two way radio.
 
7.Warnings shall be prioritized to:
a)Auto Collision
b)Auto Technology
c)Athletic Complex
d)All buildings in the farm area.
 
The warning shall be communicated by all available means. Students, staff and faculty in these buildings should move into designated shelter areas during both a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning. If time or weather makes it unsafe to move people who are in these buildings, they should be instructed to seek shelter in building interiors, away from windows, and avoid large open areas.
8.Faculty, who teach in the evening and weekends, should be aware of potentially severe weather and take responsibility for directing their students to shelter. This is especially important of those involved in outdoor programs.
 
 
COUNTY CENTERS & OFF-CAMPUS LOCATIONS - Shelter Areas
TIPPIE MANSFIELD CENTER (BELLE PLAINE):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Go to the lower level, west restroom or the west storage room. Get under a table and be sure all doors are closed to the room.
IOWA CITY LEARNING CENTER:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Take shelter in the restrooms or inner rooms of the building.
IOWA CITY CREDIT CENTER:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Immediately go to the center core of the building away from windows, and in room with doors that close.
IOWA CITY ANNEX:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Immediately go to:
1) Restrooms (men and women's)
2) If necessary, hall may be used by closing classroom doors
JONES COUNTY REGIONAL EDUCATION CENTER (MONTICELLO): The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are first floor interior rooms away from windows.
KIRKWOOD CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAINING CENTER (KCETC): The outdoor warning sirens will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are the interior rooms without windows.
KIRKWOOD TRAINING AND OUTREACH SERVICES (KTOS- MARION):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are located in restrooms, the cafeteria, and rooms 126 and 127.
LINN COUNTY REGIONAL EDUCATION CENTER (HIAWATHA):
The outdoor warning sirens will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are the interior rooms without windows.
RESOURCE CENTER (CEDAR RAPIDS):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Evacuate rooms immediately to the lower level of the building using the stairs at either the west or east end of the building.
CEDAR COUNTY CENTER (TIPTON):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Immediately proceed to the basement and remain there until the danger has passed.
TIPTON CEO:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Those in the South end of building should move to the hallway until danger has passed. Those in the north end of the building should move to their break room and remain there until danger has passed.
BENTON COUNTY CENTER (VINTON):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Take shelter in either the men or women's restrooms.
WASHINGTON COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Evacuate to the lobby area of the South Building away from windows, or seek shelter in the basement restrooms of the north building. Warnings will be communicated within the building by verbal communication.
IOWA COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER (WILLIAMSBURG):
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Evacuate rooms immediately to the bathrooms, conference room, work area or vending area. Get under a table and be sure all doors are closed to the room.
 
MAIN-CAMPUS LOCATIONS - Suggested Shelter Areas
ANIMAL HEALTH/DIAMOND V: Central location away from glass
ART & THEATRE ANNEX: Move to Cedar Hall
ATHLETIC (SPORTS) COMPLEX: Move to Jones Hall
AUTO COLLISION: Move to Facilities & Security (old CTRC)
AUTO TECHNOLOGY: Move to Facilities & Security (old CTRC)
BEEF FACILITY: Move to Washington Hall or Animal Health
BENTON HALL: Move to lower level
BLDG 32: Move to Cedar Hall
CEDAR HALL: Move to First Floor
CENTRAL RECEIVING: Move to Animal Health
CHILD CARE(old): Move to the gym
COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRAINING CENTER (KCETC): Inner office area
EQUESTRIAN CENTER: Move to Washington Hall or Animal Health
FACILITIES& SECURITY: Move to inner office
FARM AREA: Move to Washington Hall
HERITAGE: Move to Washington Hall
HORTICULTURE/FLORICULTURE: Move to center classroom area away from glass
HOTEL: Move to lower level away from windows
IOWA HALL: Move to lower level away from windows
JOHNSON HALL: Move to locker rooms
JONES HALL: Move to inner office area
KCCE: Move to restrooms
KIRKWOOD HALL: Move to first floor
LINN HALL: Move to lower levels away from windows
MANSFIELD CENTER: Move to entrance to Ballantyne Auditorium
NIELSEN HALL: Move to the first floor, the back hallway
RAPTOR CENTER: Move to Washington Hall
REC CENTER: Move to the restrooms or weight room area
SWINE FACILITY: Move to Washington Hall
WASHINGTON HALL: Move to inner hallways