The guiding principle at The University of
Alabama is to promote the personal safety of our students, faculty
and staff during severe weather events. It is impossible to develop
policies which anticipate every weather-related emergency. These
guidelines are intended to provide additional assistance for
responding to severe weather on campus.
UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near
campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National
Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa.
Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties.
These counties may experience weather related problems not
encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of
the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary
precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather
Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people
in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should
take immediate life saving actions.
When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can
change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive
information from the National
Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided.
Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and
The Office of University Relations will disseminate the latest
information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:
Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
Weather advisory sent out through UA Alerts to faculty, staff
Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL)
at 91.5 FM
Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA-TV/WUOA-TV, and on the
website at http://wvua23.com/weather.
In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has
been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all university
activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and
laboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to
the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from
windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) and remain
there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when
the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the
warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor. Classes
that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado
warning has expired provided at least half of the class period