Tornadoes in Indiana
We experience an average of more than 20 tornadoes a year in Indiana, and the best way to protect yourself should one strike your location is to be prepared.
Knowing the difference between a watch and warning can help you determine the risks you may face.
Tornados and severe thunderstorms are possible — continue normal activities but monitor the situation.
An actual tornado has been identified in the area by spotters and/or radar.
- If in the warning area, seek shelter immediately.
- Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
- Basements, interior hallways on the lower floors and small interior rooms on the lower floors offer the best shelter.
- Know the location of your nearest shelter in advance.
- Do not open windows; this can increase damage to the building.
- Report injuries and damage on campus to IU Police Department at 911.
- Notify your local Campus Facilities Services or Physical Plant Offices of damage.
- If in a vehicle, get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If a building is not available, lying flat in a depression such as a ditch or a ravine offers some protection.