Severe Weather & Other Natural Disasters

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Violent weather by its nature is unpredictable; however, the approach of such weather is often known in advance. Good communication and quick response throughout the Wake Forest University Health Sciences community will minimize serious injuries. Every reasonable effort will be made to advise faculty, staff, and students of the approach of violent weather through communication with department heads from dispatch. Do not call Emergency Dispatch for weather-related updates.

A. Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the formation of severe weather (thunderstorms/tornados) within the watch area.
B. Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted somewhere in the warning area. If tornado warning is issued, do the following:

    • If time permits, go to lowest part of building or interior hallway on lowest floor.
    • If time permits, get to safest area of classroom or office inside wall furthest away from doors and windows.
    • Avoid upper stories, elevators, windows, auditoriums, or other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
    • Take shelter underneath your desk or any heavy furniture that may be available.

WFBMC Severe Weather Policy

1. The school will remain open and will continue its operation during periods of severe weather because of the many critical functions that must be staffed.

2. In the interest of employee safety, it may be appropriate during severe weather conditions to release certain non-essential employees early. This decision is made by the Dean and each department will be notified of this decision.


Last Updated: 12-15-2014
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.