The LLCC Police Department would like to remind everyone that severe weather season is upon us here in central Illinois.
Please keep the following in mind:
- When a TORNADO WATCH is issued, it means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, and you should keep an eye on the weather forecast for any changes or updates. When a TORNADO WARNING is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted and/or indicated by radar in the warned area.
- Locations of each building’s Severe Weather Safe Areas (SWSA) are clearly marked on the evacuation maps posted in all classrooms and common areas on campus. These areas are highlighted in yellow on the maps. Please take a few moments and familiarize yourself with these locations for the buildings you frequent.
- If one of our locations is in the path of a severe weather event, the college will send an emergency message via the LLCC ALERT emergency notification system. This system sends messages via text and voicemail on your cell phone, voicemail on your office phone and email. If you receive an alert message, proceed to the nearest SWSA in the building you are in. If you cannot remember where the SWSA is located, go to an interior room on a lower floor of the building, away from any windows. An “all clear” message will be sent when the threat has passed. At that time, normal activities can resume.
In addition to the evacuation maps, each classroom and office should have an Emergency Quick Reference Manual (EQRM) posted. The EQRM is color-coded, and contains basic information regarding actions you should take in a variety of emergency situations. It is a good idea to take a few minutes each semester to familiarize yourself with its contents. For replacement EQRMs, please contact the LLCC Police Department, at 786-2278.