If Portage County sirens sound or tornado warning is issued,
building occupants should take shelter in the lowest level interior room
without window exposure
- preferably in a basement.
See building floor plans online at here for shelter locations at UWSP.
Take a flashlight, battery-operated weather or other radio, and cell phone to the shelter area.
Shield yourself as well as possible by seeking shelter under sturdy
objects, duck and cover your head with your arms, or by other available
NOTE: If you are unable to get to the lowest area, go to an interior
room or stairwell away from windows and exterior doors. Avoid wide-span
structures such as gyms, pools, or large classrooms.
If for some reason you are unable to flee to a safer area, get under
a desk, heavy table, or other object that could shield you from flying
Remain in your shelter area until instructed to do otherwise by
National Weather Service broadcasts, department management, or
If driving, park your car and seek shelter away from the car in a
nearby ditch or ravine. Avoid areas with power lines, poles or signs.
Never try to outrun a funnel cloud or tornado in a vehicle.
After a tornado, watch for secondary hazards such as electrical
wires and other dangerous wreckage. If surrounded by debris, be aware
that moving it may cause other debris or part of the building to
collapse. If it is not safe or possible to leave the area, stay there
until assisted out.