DePaul University Emergency Plan > Disasters > Severe Weather

Severe Weather

In the event of a tornado or other severe weather, University personnel should advise students, other staff and guests to:

  • Close all windows, drapes, blinds and shades;
  • Move away from the outside perimeter of the building and toward a safe area on your floor, such as an interior washroom, stairwell, basement or any other interior room avoiding first floor lobby areas and any other areas with large, glass windows. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows;
  • Do not attempt to leave the building;
  • Do not get on an elevator;
  • If you are outside with no shelter: Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries and;
  • Remain calm and follow the directions of Public Safety personnel.
  • ​Note the City of Chicago will activate outdoor warning sirens if they get firsthand accounts of sightings. When activated, anyone outside in the storm should seek shelter.  The sirens are designed to be heard outside, not inside a building and are only used for weather events.  ​

Closure of the University - Cancellation of Classes
Further information regarding class cancellation or campus evacuation is set forth in Emergency School Closure (3.7).