Tornado warning - July 2, 2014


Contributed by Rachel Reuben

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Ithaca and surrounding areas in effect until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2. A Tornado Warnin 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 location.

If you are indoors:
• Know the location of the appropriate shelter 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 Guide
Ithaca College Emergency Response Plan