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Inclement Weather Policy

Weather Emergencies

Severe Thunderstorms/Tornadoes

  1. The National Weather Service defines a ­severe thunderstorm as a thunderstorm with the potential of producing hailstones one inch in diameter or larger and/or 58 mph or higher straight line winds and/or a tornado.
  2. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/­TORNADO WATCH means atmospheric conditions are favorable to the development of severe thunderstorms/tornadoes. You should continue with your normal activity, but closely monitor weather information.
  3. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/­TORNADO WARNING means severe ­thunderstorm activities is occurring (indicated by radar or reported by law enforcement and/or weather spotters) or is imminent. If the warning is for your location, you should act quickly to protect your life by moving to a place of safety.
  4. When severe thunderstorm/tornado warnings are issued, you should seek immediate ­shelter away from windows preferably in interior hallways on the lowest floor possible until the severe storm passes. If caught outdoors, move immediately to the nearest building and seek shelter there.
  5. Shelter-in-place. To shelter-in-place in the event of a severe thunderstorm, tornado or related warning:
    1. Go to the lowest level of the building if possible.
    2. Stay away from windows.
    3. Go to an interior hallway.
    4. Use arms to protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” position.
    5. If unable to get inside, lie in a ditch area or near a strong building, use arms to ­protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” ­position, use jacket/cap/backpack/etc., to protect face and eyes.
  6. Report any injuries or damage by calling ­Campus Safety at 3911 if using a Viterbo phone; 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582 if ­using a non-Viterbo phone.
  7. DO NOT call 911 unless you need to ­report an emergency, such as a fire, medical ­emergency or severe building damage. The 911 lines need to be kept open and available for emergency calls.


  1. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the thunderstorm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
  2. Go to a sturdy building or automobile. Do not take shelter in small sheds or under trees.
  3. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary for weather information. Avoid using the telephone or electrical appliances. Avoid bathing, showering or being in contact with plumbing fixtures.
  4. Use the telephone only in emergencies.

Severe Heat

  1. Call 911 in case of a medical emergency (e.g., confusion, racing pulse, muscle spasms, vomiting, etc.).
  2. Never leave children, disabled persons or pets in a parked car—even briefly.
  3. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly.
  4. Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun during extreme heat ­conditions.

Snow or Severe Cold

  1. Information regarding university closings and weather delays is announced on local radio and television stations and on the Viterbo website.
  2. Information on class cancellations is available on the Viterbo website by searching class ­cancellations.