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Department of Public Safety

(University Administrative tasks, see University Inclement Weather Policy)

Severe Thunderstorms

  1. The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm “watch” whenever conditions are favorable for the formation of such storms; it issues a “warning” when such storms have formed and may pose an imminent threat. The MACU Police Department shall monitor both “watch” and “warning” alerts.

  2. If a thunderstorm is believed to pose a danger to MACU personnel/facilities, the MACU Police Department shall activate the Emergency Alert System, if applicable. Additionally, the MACU Police Department officers in the field shall alert anyone who is outside.

  3. If instructed to do so by the MACU Police Department, or if weather conditions dictate, individuals who are inside should be prepared to move quickly to safe areas within their buildings—to areas such as hallways and enclosed classrooms, away from windows. Individuals who are outside should immediately seek shelter in the safest nearby building or under structures that will provide safety, avoiding trees or structures that may collapse or attract lightning.

  4. Any injuries or damage resulting from the storm should be reported to the MACU Police Department at (405) 692-3100 or 711 from a University phone immediately.

Tornadoes

The protocol for tornado “watches” and “warnings” shall be generally the same as that for severe thunderstorms. However, personnel need to be aware that warning periods may be shorter and, obviously, that damage may be more severe. MACU University will be alerted to any possible Tornado warning by the public sirens of Oklahoma City, internal University email, and the MACU Police Department Audible Alert System.

If a tornado warning has been issued and you are inside:

  1. Stay inside.

  2. Stay away from outside walls, windows, mirrors, glass, overhead fixtures, and unsecured objects such as filing cabinets and bookcases.

  3. If possible, move to an interior corridor, room or office without windows and crouch low to the ground with your hands covering the back of your head and neck.

  4. Do not use elevators.

  5. Assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.

  6. Wait out the storm and expect the power to go off. Be alert to downed power lines and unstable structure.

  7. Render aid to the injured and notify the MACU Police Department immediately of injuries and damage.

  8. Move to the basement of the Student Center, if time permits; otherwise, take precautions where you are at.

If a tornado warning has been issued and you are outside:

  1. Look for a nearby safe structure in which to seek shelter.

  2. If you are in your car, get out of it; never try to outrun a tornado.

  3. If there is no shelter, lie down flat in a low area such as a ditch away from trees, power lines and poles, and cover the back of your head and neck with your hands.

  4. Wait out the storm and expect the power to go off. Be alert to downed power lines and unstable structures.

  5. Render aid to the injured and notify the MACU Police Department immediately of injuries and damage.

Winter Storms

  1. The MACU Police Department will monitor weather and road conditions and notify the Inclement Weather Committee of their status.

  2. The Inclement Weather Committee shall have the authority to cancel classes or adjust the times at which they end or resume. The President, at his discretion, may override the Committee’s decision.

  3. If a decision is made to close the University early, open late, or cancel classes, the MACU Police Department shall inform the local media through the online notification process. The University emergency alert system and the web site will provide information regarding closure or delays. Personnel can call the University’s main number (405) 691-3800 for closure details. Personnel should not call The MACU Police Department to obtain this information.

Floods

  1. Flooding on or near campus can result from hurricanes, major or multiple rainstorms, water main breaks, plumbing problems, or roof leaks. In the case of imminent, weather-related flooding, the MACU Police Department shall monitor both “watch” and “warning” alerts.

  2. If flooding, either on or off campus, is believed to pose a danger to MACU personnel/facilities, or interrupt academic process, the MACU Police Department shall activate the Emergency Alert System.

  3. If instructed to do so by the MACU Police Department, individuals who are inside should quickly move to safe areas within their buildings, or evacuate buildings as instructed by the MACU Police Department. If it is safe to do so, secure vital equipment, records, chemicals, laboratory experiments, and electrical equipment prior to evacuation. Assist persons with disabilities.

  4. Once evacuated, avoid areas susceptible to flooding and seek shelter as necessary.

  5. Remain as a group and wait further instructions. the MACU Police Department  will inform all concerned when the building is safe for re-entry.

  6. If assisting in cleanup, report any oil, chemical or hazardous materials suspected of mixing with flood waters to The MACU Police Department immediately. Do not dump flood water down storm drains.

  7. If instructed to evacuate campus due to outside flooding, depart immediately to avoid being marooned. Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep.

  8. If you are in a car and it stalls, abandon it immediately and proceed to higher ground.

  9. Avoid driving or walking through flooded areas or swiftly moving water.