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  • Tornado Watch Procedure

    A "Tornado Watch" means weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in the area. Information on a "Tornado Watch" is given over radio and TV from the Weather Bureau or by emergency governmental agencies of the city and county. A "Tornado Warning" means a tornado has actually been sighted in the area. The emergency sirens will sound a steady tone for three minutes or longer if there is any danger in the immediate area.

    When warning sirens sound, an SRC Operator or KRC supervisor will announce over the PA system. "Tornado warning. Seek the nearest tornado shelter." The Experiment Prep Area of the lower level of the Aladdin building, and the east hallway in the PSL High Bay Lab Area are the two designated tornado shelters at the Kegonsa Research Campus.

    Immediately, upon hearing the announcement, report to the nearest tornado shelter. Do not seek shelter in the trailers, machine shops, CNTech Annex, or the Aladdin vault. Stay away from outside walls and glass windows or partitions. Remain sheltered until the "All Clear" signal has been given over the radio.

    Severe weather may cause a power outage. During power outages, emergency backup lights will come on-line throughout the facility. The batteries for the backup lights have approximately 2 hours of charge.