The weather conditions in South Florida can quickly change with little or no notice. Severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce a number of hazards that can pose a threat to life and property. Be prepared for flooding, lightning, and/or tornados which may occur during any severe weather event.
• Go to or stay inside a solid structure.
- Be alert to flying or falling objects.
- Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects.
- Proceed to a fully enclosed central hallway of the building, or a closed room with no windows.
- Do not use elevators.
• If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
• Refer to the sections below for incident specific information.
• Protect your area with sand bags, barriers, or other absorbent materials.
• Move to a higher floor in your building or evacuate to higher ground.
• Avoid driving or walking through standing or fast-moving water.
• If stuck outside, avoid pools or standing under tall objects, as these put you at greater risk of being affected by lightning.
• At the Coral Gables campus, a siren will sound whenever there is threat of lightning. Go to www.miami.edu/enn to familiarize yourself with the sounds the siren system makes during specific emergencies.
• Go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, if possible.
• Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
• A vehicle or modular building does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
• If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
• Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.