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.
How to Prepare
Make sure Wireless Emergency Alerts are turned on in the settings of your mobile device. They are on by default on Apple and Android devices.