The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the university's organization for the management
of campus responses to major disasters. The EOC's major decision-makers come together
to facilitate a coordinated effort during a major campus emergency. Though designed
for hurricane emergencies, the EOC could be activated during other long-term emergencies
where key decision-makers need to be together for rapid decisions, coordination and
Hurricane Preparedness - Watches & Warnings
Understanding the difference between National Weather Service watches and warnings is critical to being prepared for any dangerous weather hazard, including hurricanes.
A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur. It literally means "be on guard!" During a weather watch, gather awareness of the specific threat and prepare for action - monitor the weather to find out if severe weather conditions have deteriorated and discuss your protective action plans with your family.
A warning requires immediate action. This means a weather hazard is imminent - it is either occurring (a tornado has been
spotted, for example) - or it is about to occur at any moment. During a weather warning,
it is important to take action: grab the emergency kit you have prepared in advance
and head to safety immediately. Both watches and warnings are important, but warnings
are more urgent.
At the time a Hurricane Watch is posted for our area, the CSU Emergency Operations Center will notify the campus community via BUC Alert as to what action steps to take.
At the time a Hurricane Warning is posted for our area, the CSU Emergency Operations Center will notify the campus community via BUC Alert as to what action steps to take.
Tornado Emergency Information
A tornado watch is issued when there is a good possibility that a tornado will touch down. A tornado watch usually encompasses many counties and last several hours.
A tornado warning is issued when severe weather is happening. When a tornado watch is issued, it's time to go to a safe place and put CSUs tornado response plan into action.
The campus will be notified via BUC Alert when the weather bureau issues a tornado warning for our area.
THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH TORNADOES IS THAT THEY STRIKE WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING.
IN CASE OF A WARNING, ALL PERSONS SHOULD GO TO DESIGNATED SHELTER AREAS IMMEDIATELY.
Storm Shelter Areas
If you are unable to get to a shelter, go to an interior room away from windows. If caught outside, lie face down in the nearest spot and cover your head.
DURING A TORNADO WATCH: Tune in to a local radio or television station and be alert to changing conditions. THERE MAY NOT BE TIME TO ALERT EVERYONE IN THE EVENT OF A TORNADO.
DO NOT RETURN TO A BUILDING UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO
BUC Alert is an emergency communication system that sends notification to the entire campus community before, during and after an emergency. To signup for BUC Alert notification system, you must be logged into your MyCSU account.