In general, classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the City of 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 lifesaving actions.
The University is a StormReady institution and takes severe weather preparation very seriously. Visit the Office of Emergency Preparedness for more information.
When bad weather enters the Tuscaloosa area:
- Remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions—stay tuned to local radio or television stations for weather updates and advisories.
- A tornado watch means tornadoes may develop. A tornado warning means a funnel cloud or tornado has actually been sighted or indicated on weather radar. The university has a weather siren on top of Gorgas Library.
- When severe weather strikes and the warning sirens sound:
- Move into the nearest shelter.
- Go to the lowest floor available, in the center of the building, away from windows.
- Stay tuned to radio or television stations for further weather statements.
- Remain inside until you are notified that the area is clear of severe weather.
In the event of local severe weather, the University places weather information on the UA Homepage.
UA Alerts, a system that sends text messages, emails and phone calls to your student’s cell phone, office and/or home phone.
- The campus PA system, which is located in both indoor and exterior areas.
- Emails sent in the UA Student News and Dialog Extra.
- Media alerts through TV, radio and newspapers.
- The UA Homepage
Digital signage on campus (i.e.: Crimson Ride shuttles)
For more information on safety and emergency situations that could arise on campus, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website.
For more specific questions, please call HRC at 205-348-6676.