As the Texas Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Laura, the importance of being “weather aware” grows stronger.
The 2020 hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, and though tornadoes in North Texas are more common during the spring, they can happen at any time: On Oct. 20 last year, 10 tornadoes struck several counties in the region. Even communities outside those counties received damage from winds and hail.
Do you know what to do in the event of severe weather?
TWU Emergency Management’s Severe Weather Guide outlines the difference between a severe weather watch and a warning as well as what you should do during a tornado or to prepare for a hurricane. The Emergency Management website also provides preparedness resources for your home and office as well as maps showing primary and secondary shelters for TWU buildings.
You should monitor your local media when storms are approaching. If there’s an emergency on or near one of our campuses, a Pioneer Alert will be activated for that campus. The university community is automatically enrolled in Pioneer Alert, TWU’s mass notification system, but it would be a good idea to check your information each semester by logging in to your Portal account.
Severe weather alerts will be added to the TWU website home page, when warranted, and messages will be shared on TWU's main social media accounts.