Faulkner University

Weather Emergencies

Faulkner University has a weather alert system to receive information about approaching storms or weather events across the state of Alabama and beyond. Faulkner University maintains contact with local and state emergency management agencies as well as the National Weather Service.

Upon receipt of a severe weather watch or warning, Eagle Alert will be activated and send a notification message. The nature of the emergency will be given along with instructions on how to remain safe. The local emergency management agency may also activate the outdoor warning sirens. Local emergency management agencies also routinely test the outdoor sirens.


During a tornado, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • If INDOORS, move quickly away from windows and door openings. Know your assembly points.
  • If Outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures; Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  • If in an automobile, stop in the safest place available, preferably under a viaduct or overpass, and away from power lines and trees. Stop as quickly as safety permits. Get out of the vehicle and get to the lowest area. (i.e. In a drainage ditch or culvert).
  • In the University residences, all residents are to follow the correct procedures. If you are on the 2nd or 3rd floor of any building, you are encouraged to go to the lowest floor.
  • If you hear the weather siren, radio alerts, or receive an Eagle Alert take shelter immediately in designated shelter locations.
  • Sirens mean that there is a Tornado Warning, and you should seek shelter immediately.
  • If shelter is not available, move to the center and lowest point of your building.
  • Stay away from windows and doors to prevent injury from glass or other flying objects.
  • Cover your head with any heavy/bulky object to protect yourself.
  • After the tornado is over, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call 911 and Campus Security at 7250.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the 911 dispatcher. Provide them as much information as possible to respond to the emergency. Campus Security and the Center Director at extended campuses should also be notified.
    • NOTE: Gas leaks and power failures create special hazards. Please refer to the section on Utility Failures.
  • If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm.
    • CAUTION: The building alarm only sounds in the building where activated. Also report the emergency by phone.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Resident Supervisors and Assistants are designated to assist disabled resident students during an emergency. If a Resident Supervisors and Assistants are not available, others must assist persons with disabilities in exiting the building. Do not panic. Use stairways.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
  • If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  • A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up in the emergency site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
  • DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by an Emergency Resource Management Team Official.
  • IMPORTANT: After an evacuation, report to a designated area assembly point.

Thunderstorm and/or Lightning

  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.
  • Stay away from windows and doors to prevent injury from glass or other flying objects.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck.
  • If outside, go to a safe shelter immediately.

Weather Emergency Definitions

Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather in the Montgomery area. Everyone should closely monitor the situation in case it gets worse.

Warning: Severe weather has actually been observed, and there is an imminent threat to the area. Listen closely to instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.

Thunderstorm: Frequently have high winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rain, and tornados.

Tornado: Violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the land. Frequently accompanied by winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, and heavy rain.

Questions or suggestions regarding the procedures and response should be directed to Campus Security at (334) 386-7250 or security@faulkner.edu.

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