Severe weather can strike at any time, during any season. The most common forms of severe weather that impact Wright State University are:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Hail
  • Strong Winds
  • Tornados


All tornado warnings are issued with an expiration time. If circumstances warrant, a warning can be extended and a new expiration time will be issued.  Stay in the tornado shelter until the all clear is sounded. 

The most important thing you can do to be prepared for storm weather is to:


Stay Informed

Know how you will be notified of the severe weather. Know where to get severe weather updates. Know the difference between a watch and a warning.


Know Where to Go

Know where the appropriate shelters are in all of the buildings you frequent. Have some emergency food with you. This can be as simple as a granola bar and a bottle of water.


Know When to Communicate

If severe weather does impact campus, be sure to notify friends and family when it is safe to do so.

Before the Storm

  • Have a kit and communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts.
  • Always listen to instructions given by university and public safety officials. 
  • Know where to shelter.

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During the Storm

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightening. 
  • In case of a tornado warning, go to a tornado shelter immediately.
    • If none is available, go to a basement or interior room. 
    • Shelter under furniture and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Stay sheltered until the danger has passed or the tornado warning has expired.
  • Be sure to take your pets into the shelter with you.
  • Do not walk or drive through a flooded street.   Six inches of water will cause a vehicle to lose control and stall. Twelve inches will float many vehicles.

After the Storm

  • Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio, radio, or television news for updates.
  • Stay off the roads to allow emergency crews to clear the roads and provide emergency assistance.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Do not attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergencies.
  • Do not touch downed power lines, or objects touching downed power lines. Report them to emergency authorities.

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  • Flood Watch - Issued to inform the public and cooperating agencies that current and developing hydrometeorological conditions are such that there is a threat of flooding, but the occurrence is neither certain or imminent.
  • Flood Warning - (FLW) In hydrologic terms, a release by the NWS to inform the public of flooding along larger streams in which there is a serious threat to life or property. A flood warning will usually contain river stage (level) forecasts.
  • Flash Flood Watch - Issued to indicate current or developing hydrologic conditions that are favorable for flash flooding in and close to the watch area, but the occurrence is neither certain or imminent.
  • Flash Flood Warning - Issued to inform the public, emergency management, and other cooperating agencies that flash flooding is in progress, imminent, or highly likely.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch - This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning - This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR-88D radar, or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail one inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceeding 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected areas should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no warning. 
  • Tornado Watch - This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.
  • Tornado Warning - This is issued when a tornado is indicated by the WSR-88D radar or sighted by spotters; therefore people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. 

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Emergency Management will achieve a balanced and measured, disaster resistant, risk-based process that will be comprehensive in approach and will continuously improve Wright State University’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and reduce or eliminate losses due to major natural and human-borne emergencies.