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Hope College has developed a campus wide Emergency Action Phone Tree which is activated by Campus Safety whenever a tornado watch or warning is issued. When you become aware of a weather warning you should do the following:
In the event of a TORNADO WATCH (weather conditions which may develop into a tornado.)
In the event of a TORNADO WARNING (actual sighting of a tornado by spotters or Doppler radar in the Ottawa County area.)
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM – HIGH WINDS
Severe Thunderstorm and Wind advisories are frequently issued for the West Michigan area. If a high wind advisory (sustained winds of 50 mph or more) is issued by the National Weather Service the Phone Tree will be activated. Severe Thunderstorm advisories frequently are issued and unless imminent to the Holland area and their status issued as a warning the phone tree will not be initiated.
If lightning is detected outdoors activities should be postponed for 30 minutes. Each time lightning is detected, the 30 minute clock will be reset, if after 30 min no additional lightning is detected the event will continue.
Prepare ahead of time for an emergency! Know in advance where to go and how to get there. If your building does not have designated shelter areas go to the lowest level. Interior rooms without windows such as bathrooms or closets serve as good shelter areas. Stay away from windows or open spaces especially near the SW corners of the building.