A hurricane is a tropical storm with wind speeds of at least 74 miles an hour. It is capable of changing direction and intensity quickly and is likely to include rain and sometimes thunder and lightning, as well.

Hurricanes are divided into five categories, depending on wind speed. A Category 5 storm has wind speeds of at least 155 miles an hour. 

Individual and Group Safety Information

The following are important safety considerations for individuals:


Severe Weather Shelter Zones 


The following buildings have areas that should be used as Severe Weather Shelter Zones:

East Side of Campus:

Adanti Student Center - Loading Dock, Movie Theater, 2nd Floor Interior Rooms

Buley Library - Front half of basement away from glass

Davis Hall  - Stair Towers (away from glass),

Lecture Halls 101 & 102

Engleman Hall - Wings A and B (Basement Only)

Facilities Operations Building - Operation in lower level adjacent to street

Jennings Hall  - Interior hallways and stair towers

Lyman Center - Basement only

Morrill Hall - Basement only

Pelz Gymnasium - Basement only 


West Side of Campus:

Admissions Building - Basement only

Connecticut Hall - Middle section of basement

Granoff Hall  - Basement Only

Lang House - Basement Only 

Moore Field House - The locker rooms in the pool area and the main and lower corridors leading to the pool area

North Campus - Interior hallways, Floors 1 to 5

Orlando House - Basement Only

Residence Halls: Hickerson, Chase, Wilkinson, Farnham, Neff - Basements away from windows

Schwartz Hall - Basement corridors

West Campus Residence Hall - Inside wing hallways

The following buildings do NOT have areas that are used as Severe Weather Shelter Zones.

Individuals should evacuate to the nearest building that has such a shelter zone. Faculty and staff in these facilities are strongly encouraged to identify NOW the closest available protection zone. In the event of an ALERT, essential personnel will be available to assist in directing building evacuations.

East Side of Campus:

IT Temporary Building - Should evacuate to Pelz Gym basement 

Nursing Building - Should evacuate to Facilities Operations Building lower level 

Seabury Hall - Should evacuate to Engleman Hall C-wing basement

TE-8 Building -  Should evacuate to Engleman Hall C-wing basement

West Side of Campus:

Brownell Hall - Should evacuate to Wilkinson, Farnham, Chase or Neff hall basements

North Campus Townhouses - Should evacuate to North Campus Midrise 

Office Building 1 (OB1) - Should evacuate to Chase Hall basement

Temporary Building 6 (TE6) - Should evacuate to Chase Hall basement

Wintergreen Building* - Should evacuate to the locker rooms in the Moore Field House pool area and the main and lower corridors leading to the pool area

* Those individuals who are not able to safely leave the Wintergreen Building and need to seek shelter immediately may seek shelter in the following areas of the Wintergreen Building: