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Title: Tornado Preparedness Training for Floor Captains

Tornado Preparedness Training for Floor Captains
University Safety and Assurances (414) 229-6339
  • Stoughton Tornado
  • August 18, 2005

2013 Tornado Awareness Week
  • April 15th-19th, 2013 is Tornado and Severe
    Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin

UWM Campus drills will occur on Thursday, April
18th at 2 PM Off-Campus Drill times
are Continuing Education-Plankinton Bldg. -
4/19 _at_ 130pm East Lake Towers-TBD Kenilworth
Square East 04/18 _at_ 200pm School of Freshwater
Sciences 4/18 _at_ 200pm USRB- 4/18 _at_ 200pm WUWM
TBD Zilber School of Public Health - TBD
Tornado Shelter Area Signs
  • Tornado Shelter Area signs are posted in each
    campus building, typically located on the lowest
    level of the building
  • In some buildings an interior classroom or
    stairwell may be an appropriate shelter area

Shelter in Place Locations
  • Newly identified interior classrooms where
    occupants can shelter in place can be
    identified by a temporary sign posted on the wall
    outside of the room

Podium Instructions
  • Podium Instruction cards have been created for
    classrooms containing 50 or more students
  • These cards provide the instructor with emergency
    information on procedures in the event of a
    tornado or fire emergency

Tornado Shelter Areas
  • Emergency Evacuation signs (posted in prominent
    locations) identify your shelter areas
  • Extra temporary tornado signs are available

Shelter Area maps http//
Announcement of Drill
  • Buildings with a fire alarm panel or other public
    address systems will be notified via a verbal
    announcement over the PA System by the Building
    Chair (or someone appointed by the Building Chair)

Announcement of Drill
  • Text of the standardized message to building
    occupants will be provided to Building Chair
  • The Building Chair will announce the start of the
    drill and location of Shelter Areas
  • University Police will also send out a SAFE alert
    to announce the drill.

Announcement of Drills and Warnings
  • Buildings with no PA systems will be notified by
    manual alarms (whistles) on each floor of the
  • These buildings are
  • Alumni
  • AUP
  • Bolton
  • Chapman
  • Hefter
  • Mellencamp
  • Physics
  • Power Plant
  • USRB
  • Zelazo
  • WATER Institute

Building Chairs
  • Building Chairs should know the Floor Captains
    for their building
  • Do you have adequate coverage for all floors of
    your building?
  • How will you communicate with your floor captains?

Link to Listing of Floor Captains http//www4.uwm
Floor Captains
  • Floor Captains are identified by green
    fluorescent vests
  • For buildings with no PA systems, floor captains
    will also be issued whistles
  • Please let us know if you need a vest and/or

Role of Building Chairs Floor Captains During
  • Building Chairs Floor Captains direct traffic
  • Guide visitors, students and others who may not
    be familiar with building to shelter area
  • Monitor security of building
  • In the event you will not be available to assist
    with the drill, we would appreciate your
    assistance in identifying a co-worker or
    colleague who could temporarily perform your
    floor captain duties

Role of Floor Captain During Drill
  • Monitor corridors on assigned Floor to ensure
    personnel are moving to shelter
  • Check restrooms on assigned floor to ensure they
    have been evacuated
  • Concentrate on public areas
  • Office managers, classroom lecturers, and
    laboratory or workshop heads should be
    responsible for advising occupants in their areas
    to evacuate
  • Those floor captains assigned to shelter areas
    should assess designated shelter location (Did
    everyone fit? Could it be reached quickly?)
  • Complete evaluation form and give to your
    building chair

  • Once the drill is announced, occupants should
    proceed quickly and calmly (using interior
    stairways if necessary to reach a lower level) to
    a building tornado shelter area

High Rise Buildings
  • Go to enclosed, windowless area in center of
    building -- away from glass
  • Interior stairwells are usually good places to
    take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to
    get to a lower level quickly
  • Stay off elevators you could be trapped if power
    goes out

High Rise Buildings
  • Bolton
  • Chemistry
  • Cunningham
  • Curtin
  • Enderis
  • EMS
  • Sandburg
  • Continuing Ed (Plankinton Building)
  • SECONDS COUNT - Floors 4 and below should go to
    basement Floors 5 and above should seek shelter
    in interior spaces (restrooms, stairways,
    interior rooms and hallways).

Evacuation - Individuals with a Disability
  • Supervisors should be responsible for assisting
    any student, staff member, or visitor who has a
  • Recommendations are
  • Mobility impaired-wheelchair Elevator to
  • Mobility impaired, non-wheelchair Elevator to
  • Hearing impaired Inform of announcement and
    shelter advice
  • Visually impaired Offer elbow assist to

Conclusion of Drill
  • At the conclusion of the drill (once occupants
    have reached the designated shelter areas or
    after 10 minutes) in those buildings with a PA
    System, the Building Chair will make an All
    Clear announcement
  • In those buildings with no PA System, floor
    captains will announce to occupants that they may
    return to their rooms
  • University Police will send out a Text Message
    via the SAFE alert system to announce the
    conclusion of the drill (at about 210pm)

Evaluation and Debriefing
  • Floor Captains will meet briefly with their
    building chair for a debriefing and to turn in
    their evaluation form
  • Or send forms to University Safety and Assurances
    in Eng. 270