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March 8 @ 10:00 am
Students, Faculty and Staff,
In observance of the 2022 National Weather Service, Severe Weather Awareness campaign, all OTC campuses and centers will participate in the statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 10:00 am as set by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
In case of severe weather, the tornado drill will be moved to Thursday, March 10, at 10:00 am.
The Safety & Security Department strongly encourages everyone to review the evacuation routes and safe areas for the locations you are in while at OTC campuses and centers. For additional information please visit OTC Severe Weather Procedures.
When the Emergency Alert is sounded, everyone should immediately seek shelter on the lowest level of the building, in hallways and large classrooms, away from windows.
At the conclusion of the Tornado Drill, the “All Clear” signal will be given.
- A tornado watch indicates tornadoes are possible in the area and you should be ready to act quickly if it becomes necessary. Tornadoes can form during thunderstorms.
- A tornado warning means you should seek shelter immediately because a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar causing imminent danger to life and property.
- The safest shelter location is an interior room without windows on the lowest floor.
- Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because the roof might collapse.
- Immediately leave a mobile home to seek shelter in a nearby building.
- If you are driving, stop and take shelter in a nearby building.
- Overpasses are not safe. Their under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect.
- If you are driving in a rural area, drive away from the tornado to the closest building. If you cannot get away, stay in your car with your seatbelt on. Protect yourself from flying debris by keeping your head below the window line and cover your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket.
- Never drive into standing water. It can take less than six inches of fast-moving water to make a slow-moving car float. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and sweep it away.
More information can be found on Missouri’s Stormaware.mo.gov website, which includes detailed videos about how to take shelter from tornadoes in specific locations, how to avoid flash flooding and useful information about tornado sirens, and weather alert radios.
For additional severe weather tips, including information on NOAA Weather-Ready Nation, please visit National Weather Service Severe Weather Awareness.