Severe Weather

INFORMATION ON WHAT'S GOING ON OUTSIDE

Weather Extremes

Types of meteorological phenomena affecting this geographical area include:

  • Thunderstorms/Lightning
  • High winds or tornado
  • Winter storm

Severe Storm Watches and Warnings

Severe thunderstorm or tornado watch

  • When a severe thunderstorm watch is issued you should go about normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service's weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.
  • A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado.

Severe thunderstorm or tornado warning

  • When a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Warning has been issued, all occupants of the Campus will be notified via a combination of Weather Radios which have been placed throughout the Campus, the Public Address System, and RAVE Mobile Safety ALERT system.  Persons will be instructed to move to a designated shelter area in your building, or immediately take cover inside a sturdy structure.  Remain in the shelter area until the all-clear is given.
  • Doors and windows on the side of a building away from the storm may be opened to help reduce damage to the building.
  • Keep calm. Even though a warning is issued, the chance of a tornado striking your building or location is very slight.

During a Severe Storm

  • When severe weather occurs, the campus notification system will be initiated by the designee.  When the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated, a direct line to the county- or city-wide EOC will be maintained.
  • If the storm has knocked out electrical power, and it appears that the electricity will be off for an extended period of time, it may be necessary to take appropriate action to prevent injury to people or damage to property. Contact the Plant Services Office (ext 158), or the Office of Safety and Security (ext 179), for building shutdown instructions and assistance.

After a Severe Storm

  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Report any smoke or fire within the building by activating the building fire alarm system, dialing 9-911 from a Campus phone, or 911 from a cell phone.
  • Should major damage have occurred to the campus, it is most likely that the telephone lines will be inoperative.  
  • A response to an event that requires the protection of life or property will be directed under the authority of the Silver Lake College - Office of the President.  The Silver Lake College Emergency Response Plan will be activated.  Silver Lake College will coordinate all response and recovery efforts with local emergency services providers through the activation of the Silver Lake College Emergency Response Plan.

Winter storms

  • Silver Lake College officials will monitor radio weather reports, Internet Radar, TV weather reports, and Wisconsin D.O.T. road condition reports in order to determine whether classed must be delayed or cancelled due to sever winter weather.
  • Should weather conditions worsen during the day, the administration may decide to close the campus early.
  • When a determination is made to delay or cancel classes, students, faculty and staff will be notified through the Public Address system, the RAVE Mobile Safety ALERT system, or local radio and television announcements.

Flooding

When Flooding Occurs or a Flash Flood Watch is Issued

  • If flooding is due to internal causes within a building, notify maintenance at Ext 158.
  • Notification of a local Flashflood Watch will originate from the Public Address System and the RAVE Mobile Safety ALERT system.  If continued flooding is likely, and time permits, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of your building.
  • Above all, move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water.

During a Flood

  • Stay on higher ground; avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Do not attempt to cross through an area of flowing water if it is above your knees.
  • Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road; you could become stranded and trapped.
  • If your vehicle stalls while traveling through the predicted pathway of the flood, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.

After a Flood

  • Do not drink any water from the area until it has been tested by health officials.
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried thoroughly before being returned to service.
  • To examine buildings, use flashlights, not lanterns or torches; flammables from broken containers or ruptured gas lines may be inside.
  • Report broken utility lines to Plant Services at Ext. 158, or to the Office of Safety and Security at Ext 179.