The long awaited spring weather brings a renewed threat to northwest Ohio; tornado season is upon us.
Yesterday the lethality of tornado season was realized as powerful storms raged through parts of the Midwest and southern U.S. states killing 17 people and causing devastating destruction to homes and businesses. Ohio was fortunately spared the carnage of yesterday’s storms. In June of 2010, however, severe weather ravaged several northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan communities causing loss of life and property.
To notify you when Lucas County is under a tornado warning, the outdoor public address will activate and sound an alarm and provide a tornado warning message. The university also will send a UT Alert text message during a tornado warning and activate internal notification in buildings where available. Once a tornado warning is issued, university procedure requires all persons to stop regular activities and immediately seek shelter in a tornado safe waiting area. The chances of surviving a tornado significantly increase if safer shelter can be found.
All buildings have areas designated as safer during a tornado. The locations are usually ground floor or basement areas absent of windows and are identified by a picture of a twister on a placard. More information about what to do in a tornado as well as the university procedure for severe weather/tornado response and a list of tornado safe waiting areas can be found at: http://www.utoledo.edu/depts/emergency/WhatToDo/WTD_Weather.html