Severe Weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning) are a part of life in Middle Tennessee. After witnessing the devastating effects the April 2009, EF4 tornado had on Murfreesboro, TN, there should be no reason to take these warnings lightly. Below are links to the National Weather Service Nashville Office webpage that will provide additional vital information about Severe Weather safety, preparedness, and frequently asked questions.
Murfreesboro, TN, EF4 Tornado, April, 2009
Tornado Safety Rules
- Move quickly into a building into an interior rooms or hallway on the lowest floor. Assume the tornado protection position in a seated position covering the head.
- Basements offer the best protection. In buildings without basements use interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor and away from windows.
- Monitor weather information from NOAA Weather Radio and local radio/television. Lipscomb Security & Safety will issue Severe Weather Watches and Warnings via LU Alert and E-mail.
- Assist disabled students, faculty, staff, or visitors into a building.
- Lunches or assemblies in large rooms should be delayed if severe weather is anticipated. Gymnasiums, cafeterias, and auditoriums offer no protection from tornado-strength winds.
- Stay away from windows and glass doors.