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Tornado season in Oklahoma is generally from March through June. (Although tornados can occur at any time of the year, they are more likely to form during the spring months.) Now is the time to decide the best course of action to take in case the tornado warning sirens sound while you are in class or on your job.

Remember, you are responsible for finding shelter in the event of a tornado.

Some places of concern on campus are the glass-walled hallways and lobbies. It is best to stay away from these areas when looking for shelter.

Persons with disabilities who are mobility impaired must also make plans. If a power outage occurs during severe weather, elevators may not work. Go to a small interior room or closet (or a landing in an interior stairwell); stay away from windows and exterior walls.

If you are on the main campus Monday through Friday, during a normal work day (8:00-5:00), the best places to seek shelter are:

Library Hall (ground floor hall)
Merkel Auditorium (ground floor lobby)
Dunlap Auditorium (ground floor hall)

If the building you are in has no basement, or the basement is not accessible, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. (Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.) Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. It is generally too risky to go to another building once the sirens have sounded, so check out the building you are in before a warning is issued to see if it has a basement and whether that basement is accessible.