Severe Weather Awareness Week: Are You Prepared?

Severe Weather Awareness Week Storm Safety, Tornado Safety, Hail and Wind Safety, and Flood Safety. University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security

Spring is approaching, which means changing weather patterns and storms that may turn severe. When preparing for potential severe weather like tornadoes, thunderstorms, and flooding, the most important thing you can do is have a plan

Ask yourself the following questions:
1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
2. What is my shelter plan?
3. What is my evacuation route?
4. What is my household or building communication plan? 

Knowing these answers will help prepare you to face severe weather.

In addition to preparing and reviewing your severe weather plan, it is essential to have an emergency kit with items like water, food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra batteries, and basic tools. These items are beneficial to keep in your home and car in case of an emergency.

UM Emergency Alert Triangle Graphic

UM Emergency Alerts
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit to verify, update, or add mobile numbers enrolled in the UM Emergency Alerts system. UM Emergency Alerts are urgent, mass notifications that keep students, faculty, and staff informed about major active emergencies on campus.

What types of weather will prompt an Emergency Alert?

  • Tornado Warning
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning with winds expected to exceed 75 mph
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning with baseball size hail predicted

What to do if there’s a tornado warning
If there’s a tornado warning, please take the following precautions:

  • Immediately seek safe shelter within internal hallways, rooms, or stairwells on the lowest floor
  • Avoid being near windows
  • Monitor local weather via radio, internet, or TV to stay informed
  • Remain in a sheltered area until the tornado warning expires
    • If a warning is extended past the initial time, an emergency alert will be issued with the updated information
  • Upon exiting your shelter, stay away from downed power lines, gas line breaks, broken glass, or any other potentially sharp or dangerous objects
  • Avoid entering any damaged buildings or structures, even after the tornado has passed

For more information, please visit our severe weather safety tips page.