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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.
In Linn County, the outdoor warning sirens will be sounded for tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings with 70 mph winds or greater or golf ball size hail or larger.   
 
To be consistent and to avoid confusion, we will follow the above criteria.  We will continue to issue Kirkwood Alerts for TORNADO WARNINGS.  For SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS, we will issue Kirkwood Alerts for warnings with 70mph winds or greater, and/or golf ball size hail or larger. 
 
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  EDUCATION CENTER (MONTICELLO): The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are first floor interior rooms and restrooms 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 EDUCATION CENTER (HIAWATHA):
The outdoor warning sirens will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are the masonary block interior rooms without windows.
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.
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 CENTER:
The outdoor warning siren will activate when danger is imminent. Shelter areas are first floor interior rooms away from windows.
IOWA COUNTY 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 away from windows
BLDG 32: Move to Cedar Hall
CEDAR HALL: Move to First Floor rooms and areas away from windows
COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRAINING CENTER (KCETC): Inner office area and restrooms
CONFERENCE CENTER: Move to the restrooms or the Hotel basement
EQUESTRIAN CENTER: Move to Washington Hall or Animal Health
FACILITIES& SECURITY: Move to inner office and hallway by the emergency operations center
FARM AREA: Move to Washington Hall
HERITAGE: Move to Washington Hall
HORTICULTURE/FLORICULTURE: Move to center classroom area away from the windows
HOTEL: Move to lower level basement
IOWA HALL: Move to lower level away from windows in the Dean of Students area
JOHNSON HALL: Move to team locker rooms
JONES HALL: Move to inner classrooms without windows
KCLL: Move to interior office/classrooms and restrooms
KIRKWOOD HALL: Move to first floorin IT space away from the windows
LINN HALL: Move to lower levels classrooms 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 and classrooms away from windows