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Inclement Weather Guidelines

We cannot predict to what degree a hurricane will affect the Norfolk community and the Hampton Roads area. However, we may experience significant wind and rain as well as possible power outages during a hurricane. In order to reduce the potential for injury and/or damage, please do the following:

  • Listen to your local TV/radio stations for the latest weather updates. In the event of a power outage, carry a battery-operated radio to stay aware of current weather conditions.
  • Please remain in a secure location. Do not stand in front of windows. Do not operate a motor vehicle or bicycle during the storm. Stay away from any downed power lines. In the event of a power outage, please use flashlights (do not use candles). Report any emergencies to Campus Police at 911 (from an on campus phone).
  • Serious weather conditions, such as flooding and downed trees, may affect campus transportation; bus service may be hampered, delayed and/or canceled.

If a tornado/hurricane warning is issued:

(Notification will occur via radio and/or TV)
Upon such notification immediately move to the lowest interior floors of your building, into an enclosed hallway or a room without windows. As you leave your room, close and lock your room door behind you.

STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS, DOORS, AND OUTSIDE WALLS. PROTECT YOUR HEAD. Be sure to warn others of these precautions. Please note that glass may shatter during the high winds of a tornado, and glass as well as other loose debris such as tree limbs, trashcans, etc., can move through open spaces so please be sure to stay in an enclosed area. (If you can see outside, you are not in a safe place).

  • Clear stairwells as quickly as possible to avoid wind tunnel effects.
  • Do not evacuate the building unless a fire ensues, or if the building structure is unsafe.
  • Do not evacuate into the underground tunnels. These areas are prone to flooding and have high voltage lines.
  • After the storm has passed, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, contact Campus Police at (757) 823-9000.
  • If you are outside in your vehicle and you observe a tornado approaching, do not remain in your vehicle. If there is a sturdy structure nearby, go to the lowest level of that structure to obtain protection. If you are out in the open lay in as low an area as possible. Be sure and move as far away from your vehicle as possible to avoid the possibility of being struck by it.

For your safety, please be sure to follow any directives by University officials and call 911 in the event of an emergency.


According to the latest NPR Report, residents should prepare for 3 days without power.

  • Withdraw emergency cash
  • Turn off electricity, gas; unplug electronic equipment (insure chimney damper is securely closed)
  • Refill gas grill tank or buy charcoal for grill
  • Fill bathtubs and coolers with water (to be used for commodes and drinking if boiled)
  • Keep insurance policy on hand
  • Carry all credit cards
  • Plan possible escape routes
  • Check food, batteries, emergency tools and supplies (non-perishables, chain saw, etc.)
  • Monitor latest advisories (battery operated radio)
  • Leave low-lying areas
  • Board windows or protect with shutters or tape (closed blinds, curtains, etc.)
  • Secure outdoor areas (deck tables, umbrella, etc.)
  • Store drinking water
  • Check battery-powered equipment (lanterns, etc.)
  • Keep car fueled


Watch: Hurricane force winds possible within 36 hours.

Things to do: Check food, batteries, emergency tools and supplies; monitor latest advisories.

Warning: Hurricane force winds likely within 24 hours.