Western University

What to do when you hear Western’s Emergency Weather Siren:

If you hear the Campus Siren - Seek Shelter Immediately!

If you are in the open:

If you are in a class/office:   

Campus Protective Areas: 

Protective areas from a tornado may be sought in buildings of substantial masonry construction; most University facilities have spaces that may be used as protective areas. These protective areas can usually be found in interior spaces or hallways away from exterior walls and windows.   

The lowest level of the building should be used, avoiding spaces with windows; close any doors between your refuge area and adjacent windowed areas to limit flying debris.  

Buildings of frame construction and those with broad, flat roofs or large open interior spaces (such as auditoriums, cafeterias, or gymnasiums) should not be used or considered as protective areas. Once the siren sounds, if it is too late to proceed to a remote protective area, seek protection in adjacent service space where you are (such as corridors, underground tunnels, or showers) which are reasonably safe. 

After the tornado: 

It is important to act immediately:

Ontario averages 13 tornadoes per season. Most tornadoes occur in June, July and August and they frequently develop in mid-afternoon to early evening.  Remember severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes.  

Campus Community Police Services monitor weather conditions through alerts directly from Environment Canada and will activate the siren when a tornado warning is issued for the immediate area.

Also, check Western’s weather page whenever you are unsure as to weather conditions on campus and any related impact on operations.