The tornado sirens in and around Wilmore will sound as part of a statewide test of the early warning system on Thursday, March 1 at 10:07 a.m. This is only a test of the system, and no action is needed on anyone’s part on campus.
Asbury Seminary will be participating in a statewide tornado drill, March 1 at 10:07 a.m. As spring approaches, we encourage you to stay weather-aware and know what to do and where to go in the event of a tornado watch or warning.
Shelter areas are located in buildings throughout campus. Locate the one nearest you in the event of a tornado.
To stay weather aware:
- Know the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning.
- A tornado WATCH is when weather conditions are favorable for tornadoes. Prepare for severe weather and stay tuned to tornado warnings.
- A tornado WARNING is when a tornado has been reported and action must be taken immediately to find safe shelter.
- Sign up for Asbury Seminary weather alerts (EARS) and ensure you are receiving notifications, as well as a weather app, such as WeatherBug.
- Know the safest place to shelter in your home and most often-occupied buildings.
- Watch for tornado danger signs which consist of dark, greenish clouds, cloud of debris, large hail, funnel cloud and/or roaring noise.
During a tornado warning:
- Go to a safe place: find the lowest point possible of a sturdy building, away from exterior windows and doors and put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Severe weather shelters or basements are ideal.
- Protect yourself from falling debris, especially your head and neck — use your arms, books, pillows, towels, helmets or a mattress.
- Do not use elevators, electrical equipment or telephones.
- Await instructions from emergency management officials.
Dont’s during and after a tornado:
- Do not open windows.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge.
- Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines.
- Do not use candles, use battery-powered lanterns instead.
- Do not use generators, pressure washers, drills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a building or near an open window, door or vent for risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Do not come into contact with electrical equipment or cords. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Do not come into contact with plumbing of any kind as it can conduct electricity.
- Do not contact anything with metal, such as tractors, farm equipment, golf carts or bicycles.