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The following information on tornadoes in the Savannah and Atlanta areas has been compiled in a continued effort to educate and inform SCAD students, faculty and staff in the event of a tornado.
Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air, extending from a thunderstorm that is in contact with the ground. Tornadoes can vary in shape, size and intensity. Most tornadoes last a few minutes and produce winds of less than 100 mph. However, a few tornadoes can last from 20 minutes to longer than an hour and can produce winds of between 100 and 300 mph.
The National Weather Service issues tornado watches and warnings.
Once the national weather service issues a tornado watch for the counties near SCAD Savannah or SCAD Atlanta, you should:
When a tornado warning is issued for Savannah, the emergency siren system will be activated by CEMA. The emergency warning siren system is scheduled for testing at noon the first Wednesday of each month.
Upon activation of this warning system by CEMA, the siren will produce a steady 3-minute tone, which indicates an emergency condition in the Savannah area.
In both Savannah and Atlanta, the National Weather Service will interrupt broadcasting on television and radio stations to issue tornado warnings.
In the event of a tornado warning, SCAD will issue a message through the university's emergency notification system, Blackboard Connect. It is important to keep your emergency contact information updated in MySCAD in order to receive these emergency notifications.
However, you should seek shelter when hearing the emergency warning siren. Do not wait for the Blackboard Connect message.
Your chances of staying safe during a tornado are greater if you have a personal plan and know where to seek shelter.
After the tornado has passed or the warning has expired, CEMA will not sound an all-clear siren. Local radio and television stations will communicate the all-clear message.
Do not call 911 during a tornado unless there is an emergency situation at your location.
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