Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness

Upon notification of a Severe Weather Warning and/or the receipt of an MUPAWS message advising of potential severe weather conditions, Residential Coordinators will ensure that all temporary shelter areas located within Residence Halls are unlocked and ready for occupation.

The National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning when a tornado or other potentially dangerous weather has been sighted or detected on radar in the local area. The University's Public Alert Warning System (MUPAWS) will be activated when a warning of severe weather that may reach the Methodist University campus is received.

  • The MUPAWS notification system will send an alert regarding the severe weather. These alerts may be disseminated by any combination of siren tones, text to voice over speaker system, beacon alerts, smart phone notification, digital signage, break through university TV channels and computer display/sound.

  • When a tornado or dangerous weather is forecast to impact the Methodist University campus, the air siren will be activated to alert persons outside buildings of the hazard.

Take the following actions if a tornado or other potentially dangerous weather is reported to be approaching the campus:

  • Go to the basement or interior hallway of your building's lowest floor, if time permits. Otherwise, get into the safest area of your classroom, residence hall, office or office building – near the inside wall and as far as possible from doors and windows.
  • Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
  • Take shelter underneath a desk or any other heavy furniture that is available.
  • Assume a "curled" seated position to better protect your head and eyes.

Shelter-In-Place Information for Residence Halls

Weaver Hall

  • Move to the lowest level (first floor) of the building and shelter in interior bathrooms.
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway or other room and stay as far away as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Garber Hall

  • Move to the lowest level (first floor) of the building and shelter in interior bathrooms.
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway or other room and stay as far away as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Sanford Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (basement).
  • If there isn't time to move to the basement, move to an interior hallway or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Cumberland Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (basement).
  • If there isn't time to move to the basement, move into the interior hallway or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Pearce Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hall).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a suite bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

West Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hall).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a suite bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Cape Fear Commons Phases I and II

  • Move to the lowest level of suites in the building if there is time. Shelter in place inside a bathroom, interior suite hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Village Residential Complex and North Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hallway near the laundry room).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

McLean Residential Complex

  • Move to the lowest level of suites in the building if there is time. Shelter in place inside a bathroom, interior suite hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Shelter-In-Place Information for Administrative & Academic Buildings

Horner Administration Building

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Payroll/Accounts Payable/Restrooms.

Trustees Classroom Building

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restroom foyers (upstairs and downstairs).

Reeves Fine Arts Building/Huff Concert Hall

  • Evacuate areas with free wide-spanning ceilings such as the Concert Hall. When feasible, announcements should be made directing occupants to shelter downstairs.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, downstairs restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • If possible, seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms (downstairs), Music Lab, Piano practice rooms.

Berns Student Center

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Heritage Room, back offices of Career Services, Restrooms (downstairs), Service Hallway (downstairs), Kitchen Pantry.

Davis Memorial Library

  • Evacuate areas with free wide-spanning ceilings. (Older Section of Davis Library)
  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the Library Annex (where the main desk is located) to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms, Basement Offices in older section.

Hendricks Science Complex

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings such as S-222.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Downstairs Restrooms and inner offices.

Joe Stout Hall

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms.

Walter and Margaret Clark Hall

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings such as the Yarborough Auditorium.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms and Interior Computer Lab.

D. Keith Allison Hall

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms (jacket) to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms and Interior Computer Labs.

Physician Assistant Program Complex

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms, Inner Stairwells, Locker Rooms.

Hensdale Chapel

  • If time permits, move to an inner room or hallway away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Back room of Chapel (If feasible, evacuate to lower level of Reeves).

Richard L. Player Golf and Tennis Learning Center/Golf Maintenance

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings such as the Golf Maintenance Building.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Player Center Restrooms and Foyer Adjacent to Player Center Women's restroom.

Chris's House

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter area: Closets, Interior Hallway.

Cape Fear Commons Community Building

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms.

March F. Riddle Center

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay out of areas with free wide-spanning ceilings such as the gym area.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms (downstairs), Offices, Locker Rooms.

Soccer Field House

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Locker Rooms.

Mallett-Rogers House

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Enclosed Area Downstairs near Restroom or Soccer Complex Locker Rooms.

Campus Services Building (Computer Services, Monarch Press, Public Safety)

  • Move to a room in the building that does not have an exterior wall and is away from exterior windows and doors.
  • Avoid the building's central lobby and restrooms.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Offices located closest to the center of the building.

Maintenance Offices and Football Field House

  • If time permits, move to the lowest level of the building to an inner office, restroom, locker room, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Enclosed area or Football Locker Room showers.

William F. Bethune Visual Arts Center

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms.

Nursing Building

  • If time permits, move to an inner office, restroom, hallway, etc. that is away from windows and doors.
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms near faculty offices and interior hallways of eastern wing.

Nimocks Fitness Center

  • If time permits, move to an inner restroom, or the store room behind the main desk.
  • Avoid the front lobby and indoor basketball courts (open-span roof).
  • Seek shelter under a desk or under other furniture and assume a curled position using your arms to cover your head from possible falling debris.
  • Assist any visitors/students not familiar with the building in moving to a safer location.
  • Stay put until University or city authorities inform you that it is safe to come out.
  • Recommendations for shelter areas: Restrooms and Store Room Behind Desk.
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