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Tornado

  1. If indoors, go to the lowest level of the building. Interior hallways or rooms are preferable, away from glass windows.
  2. If outdoors, go to the nearest ditch or depression, away from power lines, building, and trees.
  3. DO NOT STAY IN A CAR AND/OR ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN THE TORNADO.
  4. After the tornado has passed, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is needed, contact OPS at (309) 298-1949.
  5. Be aware of dangerous structural conditions and evacuate the building if necessary once the storm has passed. Report damaged facilities to OPS.

    NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the "Utility Failure" section.
  6. If individuals cannot exit the building using the stairs, they should proceed to an Area of Safe Refuge to await further assistance.
  7. If fire breaks out, do not use the elevators.
  8. Once outside, move to a clear area away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  9. Do NOT return to an evacuated building unless instructed to do so by OPS.