All of the following information can be found at http://news.belmont.edu/emergency/. Specifically, Severe Thunderstorm information can be found at http://www.belmont.edu/risk-management/emergency/severe_weather.html, and information about storm shelters on campus can be found at http://www.belmont.edu/risk-management/storm-shelters.html.
Inclement Weather Information
Unfavorable weather conditions, particularly snow and ice in the winter, can occur from time to time in Middle Tennessee. Belmont employees and students are encouraged to check all communication outlets (listed above) for the most up-to-date information regarding the impact of inclement weather on campus operations. Because weather conditions can vary greatly within our region, students, faculty and staff are urged to use individual discretion when making the decision to travel to campus in snow or icy weather.
Tornado Watch/Warning Information
A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. A Tornado Warning is an alert issued by weather services to warn that a tornado may be imminent. It can be issued after a tornado or funnel cloud has been spotted or if there are radar indications of tornado formation.
In the event that a Tornado Warning is issued in Davidson County, the Belmont Alert system will automatically issue a text message from the National Weather Service (NWS). This service is intended to provide the Belmont community with immediate awareness of developing weather conditions that threaten any part of Davidson County and to encourage everyone to take responsibility for monitoring the conditions within their immediate areas. In the event that the NWS projects that a tornado is on a path that will take it toward Belmont’s main campus, it is our intent to follow up with a separate alert to require persons on the main campus to seek shelter immediately.
Upon receiving notification to seek shelter, go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center or lowest floor of your building away from glass. Belmont University has placed blue “Storm Shelter” signs throughout campus to assist you in determining a safe location, and a listing of those sites can be found on our Risk Management site. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. You should also stay off of the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.
In the event of inclement weather, residents assigned to park in the Dickens/Horrell garage will be permitted to park in the Johnson Garage on levels P5 and P6. Red signs will be posted in the garage area to let residents know that the inclement weather plan is in effect. Residents must move their car back to the Dickens/Horrell garage within 48 hours.