Emergencies

Tornado Emergency Response Plan

Communication

Communication of a tornado warning can be relayed to all campus personnel by several means:

  1. Siloam Springs Emergency Warning Sirens. These sirens will sound a three minute warning blast from locations throughout the city when a tornado warning has been issued and the city may be in danger. These sirens will direct all campus persons to seek shelter immediately.
  2. JBU has implemented a Crisis Alert System that gives administration and security staff the ability to reach all students, faculty, and staff with time-sensitive information during unforeseen events or emergencies using voice, e-mail, and text messaging. In order to update your information log into EagleNet and visit "CAS Registration" in the resources menu.
  3. There are several web sites on the internet that can be accessed so people can be informed of severe weather that may occur in the area. Some of these are: wunderground.com, noaa.gov, and weather.com.
  4. Local radio stations notify listeners of tornado warnings, but this method of notification should only be depended on when other means are not available.

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Shelters

Emergency shelter areas have been designated in each building on campus. Each occupant should be familiar with the building shelter areas. Building evacuation plans are posted in common areas in all buildings on campus.

Public Buildings

  • ADMISSIONS BUILDING: Basement, East end of building wings away from outer walls and windows, restrooms.
  • BALZER TECHNOLOGY CENTER: Ground floor, interior rooms without windows or glass.
  • BERRY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Ground floor, interior rooms without windows or glass.
  • BELL SCIENCE HALL: Basement, lower stairwell, small inner rooms.
  • BILL GEORGE ARENA: Ground floor, interior rooms without windows or glass.
  • CARE CLINIC: Interior rooms, hallways, and bathrooms.
  • CATHEDRAL: Lower level corridors, restrooms, inner music practice rooms.
  • CENTRAL PLANT: Basement area, boiler office.
  • CHAPMAN/MABEE CENTER: Ground floor restrooms, Office of University Events (old post office), hallway outside Office of University Events, business office center walls.
  • GRAPHIC ARTS 2: If have time to relocate, shelter at BPAC, if not, use interior rooms without windows or glass.
  • LRC: Restrooms, inner office areas, away from outside walls and windows on ground level.
  • SODERQUIST BUSINESS CENTER: 1st Floor Classroom #110.
  • WALKER HALL & STUDENT CENTER: Lower level stairwells away from outer walls, restrooms, corridors or hallways, small inner offices away from glass.
  • WINDGATE VISUAL ARTS EAST: Basement, lower stairwell.
  • WINDGATE VISUAL ARTS WEST: Basement, lower stairwell, Mechanical Room.
  • WLHC: Locker rooms, restrooms, lower corridors, inner offices.

 

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Residence Buildings

  • BROADHURST VILLAGE DUPLEXES: Restrooms, small inner hallway. In case of advance notification, residents may use WLHC or Cathedral for a safe area.
  • J. ALVIN: Basement, lower level restrooms.
  • MAYFIELD: Lower corridors, rest rooms, basement stairwell.
  • HUTCHESON HALL: Lower level stairwells away from outer walls, restrooms, corridors or hallways, small inner offices away from glass.
  • TOWNHOUSES: Lower level inner wall, laundry room, lounge, restrooms. In case of advance notification, residents may use WLHC or Cathedral for a safe area.
  • NORTHSLOPE APARTMENTS: Lower level apartments, inner rooms. In case of advance notification, residents may use BGA, WLHC, or Cathedral for a safe area.
  • WALKER HALL & STUDENT CENTER: Lower level stairwells away from outer walls, restrooms, corridors or hallways, small inner offices away from glass.
  • WEST TWIN SPRINGS: Lower level inner wall, laundry room, lounge, restrooms. In case of advance notification, residents may use WLHC or Cathedral for a safe area.

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Personal Protection Posture

All persons should kneel down or squat on the floor and place their arms over their head and neck area to protect them from possible flying debris. Heavy desks or furniture can be used to crawl under for extra protection. All persons should remain in the shelters until the "all-clear" signal has been given or until instructed by building monitor. This "all-clear" signal is a 45 second blast on the city emergency warning siren.
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