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Tornado Warning Procedures

You have been referred to this page because the National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a tornado warning for our area (or a tornado drill is being conducted on campus).

You will be notified via text message and/or email when the warning has expired. (All Wofford faculty, staff and students are registered in the Rave Mobile Safety emergency alert notification system through their Wofford email addresses. If you have not already done so, log into Rave through myWofford and add your mobile telephone number so that you will receive text messages as well. Go to myWofford and click on the Rave logo. If you have problems or questions regarding Rave, contact Laura Corbin, director of news services, at or at 864-597-4180.) 

Precautionary/Preparedness actions:

Take shelter inside a building, away from windows and doors. Make sure there are as many walls and floors between you and the outside as possible. Note that vehicles and mobile homes should be abandoned for sturdier shelter.

If you are on Wofford's campus, and can safely do so, proceed to the designated emergency location in the building you're in or the closets building, if you are outside.

Wofford Emergency Locations:

(Dial Ext. 4911 or 864-597-4911 for assistance)





Andrews Field House

Hallway in Anna Todd Wofford Center (before and after the carpet tapestry); baseball locker room hallway


Hugh R. Black Wellness Center

First floor interior of house away from windows and doors

Hugh S. Black Building (Admission and Financial Aid)

Interior offices on first floor

Sam O. Black Science Annex

Roger Milliken Science Center basement; if no time, classroom without windows

Michael S. Brown Village Center Apartments

Bathrooms of each unit (close doors)


Michael S. Brown Village Center administrative offices and classrooms

Bottom floor (The Space): interior rooms such as restrooms and offices 103 C/G; classrooms
Galleria: elevator alcove, kitchen and restrooms
113 and other classrooms: in basement of building (key on exterior wall by door of basement to left of Galleria rear entrance)


Burwell Building

Upstairs: stairwells; move down to lower level
Downstairs: restrooms, interior rooms/hallways without windows, pantry/prep areas and stairwells


Calvary Baptist Church Gym

First floor: women’s restroom
Second floor: men’s restroom with doors closed


Campus Life Building

Interior hallways near dressing rooms under east stands (closest to Richardson Building) and large room under west stands (Terrier statute side) in Benjamin Johnson Arena, Chapman Gallery hallway, lobby restrooms, McMillan Theater

Carlisle Hall

First floor residents: suite restrooms

All others: first floor interior hallway; stay away from lobby

Carlisle-Wallace House

Basement/interior first floor rooms or closet


Cumming Street Facility/Physical Plant

Break room hall by conference room


Daniel Building

Interior hallways near ROTC on the first floor (stay away from hall by front and rear doors); classroom 101 and bottom floor restrooms


DuPre Administration Building

First floor restrooms or Registrar’s Office vault if office open

DuPre Hall

First floor residents: any first floor restroom
All others: ground floor hallway near laundry room

Cleveland Harley Golf Practice Facility (Country Club of Spartanburg, 2500 Country Club Road, Spartanburg)

Evacuate facility for severe weather (including lightning) and any signs of flooding on the road. Return to campus if safe. If not safe to travel, take shelter at the fire station on Fernwood-Glendale Road. If safe to travel, take vehicles back to Wofford’s campus.

Gibbs Stadium

Ground floor restrooms

Goodall Environmental Studies Center, Glendale, S.C.


Greene Hall

First floor interior hallway near laundry room (stay away from renovated first floor wings with windows)

Lesesne Hall

First floor residents: suite restrooms
Second and third floor residents: first floor interior hallway against walls (shut wooden doors at end of Shipp side hall)

Main Building

Mickel Chapel and first floor east and west hallways away from exterior doors; first floor restrooms

Marsh Hall

First floor residents: first floor restrooms
All other residents: first floor interior hallways (stay out of lobby)

Stewart H. Johnson Greek Village

Interior rooms without windows/restroom

Roger Milliken Science Center

Basement entered through Daniel Building side entrance and stairwell closest to elevator; lowest level of amphitheater; west wing (new wing) restrooms

Montgomery Music Building

Interior hall without windows; restrooms

Franklin W. Olin Building

Olin Teaching Theater

Papadopoulos Building

Interior room off of main floor without windows



First floor main hallway of Wightman Hall; Wightman exterior restrooms

President’s House (Coleman B. Waller House)


Provost’s House (Kilgo-Clinkscales House)

Bottom floor interior of house away from windows and doors

Reeves Tennis Center

Locker rooms/restrooms

Richardson Physical Activities Building

Football dressing room and hallway adjacent to training room on first floor and Harley Room lobby restrooms


Shipp Hall

First floor residents: restrooms
All other residents: basement laundry room area away any doors or windows


Snyder House

First floor interior hallway, near restrooms

Joe E. Taylor Athletic Center

Basement storage area (Taylor master key) and coaches’ offices that back up to the weight room

Sandor Teszler Library

Conference room on bottom floor and lower level restrooms

Village Apartment Units

Downstairs: ante room of bathroom
Upstairs: go to downstairs apartment if possible; if not, use ante room of bathroom

Village Apartment 120

Interior hallway and ante room of restroom

Wightman Hall

First floor residents: suite restrooms
Second and third floor residents: first floor interior hallway against walls; shut wooden doors at end of halls

Level 2/3 Evacuation sites (follow directions from emergency alert)

Benjamin Johnson Arena; Andrews Field House; Leonard Auditorium, any other area designated by an Incident Commander or Director of Campus Safety

 In the event of an incident requiring the evacuation of part or all of campus, follow the directions provided by the Rave Mobile Safety emergency notification system (text, email and siren). You will be instructed to shelter in place, evacuate to another location on campus or go to a pick-up location. In the event of an emergency, the college’s official spokesperson is Laura Corbin, Director of News Services, Office of Marketing and Communications. She can be reached at 864-597-4180 (office) or 864-809-8963 (cell).

IN CASE OF EVACUATION: In the event of an incident requiring the evacuation of part or all of campus, follow the directions provided by the Wofford Emergency Alert System (text, email and or siren). You will be instructed to shelter in place, evacuate to another location on campus or go to a pick up location.

Shelter in place instructions: Go directly to your residence hall room. Close all windows and doors in your room. Place a towel behind the crack at the door threshold. RA/RDs will ensure that residents are inside rooms and not in hallways and that all hall windows are shut and exterior/stairwell doors are shut. Physical Plant personnel will turn off all air handling devices for the building.

General Emergency Guidelines During Tornado Warnings:


In a house with a basement: Avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you.

In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.

In an office building, hospital, nursing home or skyscraper: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building -- away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators; you could be trapped in them if the power is lost.

In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, you are probably safer outside, even if the only alternative is to seek shelter out in the open. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it. If your community has a tornado shelter, go there fast. If there is a sturdy permanent building within easy running distance, seek shelter there. Otherwise, lie flat on low ground away from your home, protecting your head. If possible, use open ground away from trees and cars, which can be blown onto you.

At school: Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly way as you are told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

In a car or truck: Vehicles are extremely dangerous in a tornado. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. [It is safer to get the car out of mud later if necessary than to cause a crash.] Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars (which may roll over on you). Lie flat and face-down, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.

In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.

In a shopping mall or large store: Do not panic. Watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room or other small enclosed area, away from windows.

In a church or theater: Do not panic. If possible, move quickly but orderly to an interior bathroom or hallway, away from windows. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. If there is no time to do that, get under the seats or pews, protecting your head with your arms or hands.