As severe weather season approaches, we need to plan our response to reduce chances of injury or death in the event of a severe weather situation.

Peak tornado season for Ohio is between the months of April and July. Tornadoes develop from severe thunderstorms and can be preceded by very heavy rain, damaging winds, and large hail. A tornado is a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud extending from a thunderstorm to the ground capable of tremendous destruction with winds that can exceed 250 mph or more. Tornadoes generally move from southwest to northeast but can change direction without warning, randomly destroying buildings, trees, and power lines, and moving heavy objects.

Despite weather predicting advances such as Doppler Radar, tornadoes can strike with little or no warning. Every member of the campus community must be aware of the possibilities for severe weather, how to determine severe weather is imminent, and an appropriate response. Be aware, that even with advancing technology and early warning systems, severe weather systems can develop and/or move more quickly than warnings can be issued.