Tompkins County Under Tornado Watch Until 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26


Contributed by David Maley

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Tompkins County and surrounding areas in effect until 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms producing tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Those living in watch areas are advised to monitor weather reports for a possible upgrade to a Tornado Warning, which means that a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by trained storm spotters.

As noted in the Ithaca College Emergency Response Guide, the following actions should be taken if a Tornado Warning is issued for your locality.

If you are indoors:
• Know the location of the appropriate area(s) for your facility. This can be a basement, a ground floor hallway with no windows, or a door frame.
• If you are unable to go to a room with no windows, get under a desk or a table.
• Remain in a protected area until the threat has ceased or the danger has passed.

If you are outside:
• Try to seek shelter indoors.
• If you cannot get indoors, try to get to a protected or safe area away from buildings, windows and glass, telephone or light poles or any place where there could be falling debris. A low area such as a ditch or ravine or a depression works well.
• Lie face down and cover your head and face.
• Avoid any downed power lines.

On campus, call the Office of Public Safety using 911 from any campus phone or 274-3333 from any cell phone to report any injuries or storm damage.

For more information:
Ithaca College Emergency Response Plan

Ithaca College Emergency Response Guide