Emergency Response Plan

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Weather Emergencies

Extreme Heat or Cold

  1. Call 911 in the case of a medical emergency (e.g., confusion, frostbite, hypothermia, racing pulse, muscle spasms, vomiting).
  2. Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to elements during extreme conditions.
  3. Never leave children, disabled persons or pets in a parked car, even briefly.
  4. For severe heat, drink plenty of water and eat lightly.
  5. Information regarding university closings and weather delays is announced on the Viterbo website and local radio and television channels.
  6. Information on individual class cancellations is available on the course Moodle page.

Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

  1. IF YOU HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE THUNDERSTORM TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
    1. Immediately go to safe shelter—a sturdy building or automobile.
    2. Do not take shelter in small sheds or under trees.
  2. Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity from lightning.
    1. Unplug appliances not necessary for weather information.
    2. Avoid using landline telephones or electrical appliances.
    3. Avoid bathing, showering or being in contact with plumbing fixtures.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/TORNADO WATCH means ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE for the development of severe thunderstorms/tornadoes. You should continue with normal activities, but closely monitor weather information.
  3. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/TORNADO WATCH means ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE for the development of severe thunderstorms/tornadoes. You should continue with normal activities, but closely monitor weather information.
  4. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/TORNADO WARNING means severe THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY 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 quickly move to a place of safety.
  5. When severe thunderstorm/tornado warnings are issued, you should seek immediate shelter away from windows, preferably in interior hallways on the lowest floor possible. If outdoors, move immediately to the nearest building and seek shelter there.
  6. Do not open windows.
  7. Do not use elevators.
  8. If unable to get inside, lie in a ditch area or near a well-built building, use arms to protect head and neck in a “drop and tuck” position, use jacket/cap/backpack/etc., to protect face and eyes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.