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Weather Emergencies

As Cabrini is a residential campus, every effort will be made to keep the business of the University running as close to a normal schedule as possible.

  • However, if weather factors are unfavorable and not expected to improve, classes normally will be cancelled for the day.
  • If there is a good chance that conditions will be acceptable by mid-morning, the opening of school will be delayed.

Tornado-Hurricane Preparation

  • Tornado Watch – indicates that atmospheric conditions in a given geographic area are conducive only; all normal activity is to continue.

However, all University departments and offices are to have personnel available to monitor official Cabrini communications and disseminate messages.

Communications shall be monitored as long as scheduled uses of the buildings continue.
All watches are canceled by official notification only.

  • Tornado Warning – indicates that a tornado has been sighted and is a definite threat to a given geographical area. 

Upon notification that a tornado warning has been issued for the Philadelphia area, the Department of Public Safety and/or other University or local police/fire personnel will evacuate all persons in their respective areas of responsibility to the predetermined safest area of the buildings.

Tornado warnings are canceled by official notification only.

  • If a tornado Warning is in effect at class dismissal time, students must be retained in a safe area in the building until weather conditions permit their release.
  • Personnel should be located in corridors as far as possible from all exterior walls, especially if these walls contain windows or doors.
  • Exterior windows should not be opened, and entry doors should remain closed.
  • Persons outside or in automobiles shall take cover in the nearest building.

During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • If indoors, seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table.
  • Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures.
  • Caution: Avoid power or utility lines; they could be energized.
  • If in a motor vehicle, stop in the safest place available, preferably away from power lines and trees.
  • Stop as quickly as safety permits, but stay in the vehicle for the shelter it offers.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call the Department of Public Safety at 610.902.8111 (or 8111 for campus phones) or 911 (dial 9 first from campus phones). Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Damaged facilities should be reported to the Facilities Department and the Department of Public Safety.
  • If an emergency exists, activate the building fire alarm.
  • When the building fire alarm is sounded, walk to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Do not use the elevators in case of fire. Do not panic or cause others to panic.
  • After an evacuation, once outside, report to your designated assembly point at least 300 feet away from the affected building.
  • Stay there until an accurate headcount has been taken. Your department head, manager, supervisor, or person in charge of each office/area will take attendance and assist in the accounting of all building occupants.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by the Incident Commander or a Cabrini official (e.g., Public Safety or Facilities). 

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