Extreme Wind/Tornado

What's the difference?

A tornado watch means that a tornado is likely to occur in the area. A tornado warning is an imminent threat. It means a tornado has actually been sighted in the area or has been indicated by radar. Be ready to take shelter quickly if a tornado is sighted and monitor emergency communication for updates.

What to Do

  • TAKE SHELTER immediately. Rice University has pre-identified the safest Shelter In Place (SIP) sites on an interactive campus map. If you cannot access the map, click here for a listing.
  • General shelter guidance:
    • Go underground, such as a basement.
    • If that option is unavailable, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
    • Stay in the center of the room away from doors, windows, and exterior walls.
    • The best rooms have solid construction, reinforced concrete, brick or block, and few windows.
    • Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias, and gymnasiums with flat, wide-span roofs.
  • Shield your head and neck with your arms and put materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • If you are in a vehicle, do not try to outrun a tornado. If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.
  • Gather current weather information https://www.weather.gov/hgx/

How to Prepare

How to Recover

  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Make noise to draw attention to yourself.
  • Avoid fallen power lines and broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.