If you are in your room or elsewhere on campus when the weather watch or warning is issued, follow the lead of residence life and security. If they are telling everyone to stay inside because of bad weather, then do so. There’s no need to be walking across campus to the Learning Center in the midst of golf ball-sized hail, or toad frogs, or whatever is falling from the sky.
If you’re already at the Learning Center when the sirens go off, the Campus Center has a basement, so you’re as safe there as anywhere on campus. Go to the basement rather than returning to your residence hall. It makes more sense to stay under cover at these times than try to head back across campus. If bad weather is approaching and you are headed for the basement, please don’t forget to take along all students who have come in for tutoring.
Once bad weather has passed, please report for the remainder of your shift as normal. Most weather alerts last for a fixed period of time. During a recent weather alert, for example, Jefferson County’s tornado warning lasted from approximately 5:15 to 5:45. By 7:00, it was still raining, but all the threatening weather was well beyond us, and so the center could open as normal. Please keep apprised of the weather situation so that you can report for your shift once the thunder clouds have passed. It is your responsibility to show up for work once the alerts have expired.
If you are in doubt about what to do, please do not hesitate to call me on my cell phone at 812-599-4182. I always make sure to leave my cell phone on during hours when the center is open, and I encourage you to call me if you have any concerns about anything at all. You are also welcome to call security at x7999. They monitor the weather situation closely, and will be able to tell you what’s going on if you are not near a television, radio, or internet connection.
Finally, always use your best judgment. Unfortunately, weather prediction is still often an art rather than a science, and sometimes warnings lag behind adverse conditions already on the ground. If you look outside, and things look scary (lightening crashing on the quad, blinding snow obliterating the campus center, the aforementioned frogs), let your common sense be your guide. No paper critique or calculus prep is more important than your well being.