In the event of severe weather, the Squawker system will activate a warning and instructions to employees and students. It is possible that phone and electricity service may be temporarily interrupted during a weather event. Do not rely on phones for the receipt of information. Use emergency two-way radios, located in each building, to convey critical information.
Current weather and road conditions may be viewed and checked on the TouchSmart computer, located outside of the Library/Learning Center.
Winter Storm Cancellation of Classes
When snow, ice, extreme cold or other bad weather threatens the normal class schedule, listen to local radio stations. Once it is determined, cancellation of classes will be released on Squawker and posted on DCC’s website. Winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories are issued by local National Weather Service Forecast offices.
Though rare, tornadic activity can occur. Such activity is characterized by violent winds and excessive, heavy rain, areas of flash flooding, and may even result in dangerous flying debris. Most tornadic activity in the area is experienced between March and August. Storms generally occur in the afternoons and evenings. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornado formation. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted. High winds can uproot trees and structures, and turn harmless objects into hazardous projectiles, all in a matter of seconds.
Procedure: For protection during a tornado, seek shelter in a basement or an interior room on the first floor of the structure you are in. Warn everyone on campus as quickly as possible, equip responsible personnel with radios for communication purposes, and suggest designated shelter area, if possible.
**All persons in a shelter area should assume a sitting position on the floor with their backs to the wall if possible, knees pulled up and arms covering their faces with their hands on top of their heads. Close the windows in all rooms and close all doors as you leave the room. In addition, if the windows have blinds or curtains close them.
A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado formation. You should remain alert and do the following:
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted. You should do the following: