TTUHSC has an established policy and procedure regarding the suspension of classes
and closing of offices in inclement weather (ice, snow, flooding, etc.). If the facilities
are closed due to inclement weather, announcements will be made via STAT!Alert, local
television and radio stations, and the TTUHSC Announcements page.
Inclement Weather/Campus Closures
TTUHSC operating policy 10.02 is an established policy and procedure regarding the
suspension of classes and closing of offices for a short period of time. Inclement
weather, electrical outages, malfunctions of the central heating and cooling plant,
chemical or biological problems, fire, and explosions are some of the events that
might require the suspension of classes and closing of offices. Learn More
Severe weather in the form of thunderstorms, damaging hail, high winds, and tornadoes
is a threat to the Texas Tech community. TTUHSC maintains several warning and alert
systems for use in the event that major storms or other disasters threaten our community.
Ideally, sufficient warning time will allow precautionary measures to be implemented.
The unpredictability of weather conditions, however, does not always provide for adequate
warning. TTUHSC operating policy 76.15 outlines the function and use of TTUHSC's warning
and alert system. Learn More
Fire Alarm Activation during Severe Weather Events
Fire alarm activations occur due to actual smoke detection, and manually by means
of someone pulling a fire alarm in the event that a smoke/fire event is discovered.
Unfortunately, sometimes the fire alarm is activated by dirt, dust, moisture, unintended
manual pull station activation, and severe weather events, including tornadic storms.
Regardless, any time the fire alarm system is activated, take prompt, appropriate
action by immediately leaving and/or evacuating the alarming area.
In the event of severe weather (extreme rain, wind, hail, etc.), proceed toward the
exit area of the building (this may include the stairwell); however, only exit the
building if immediately threatened by smoke and heat. Building occupants must assess
each threat to determine which danger is the most threatening. If you work in Lubbock and
are inside the five-story HSC building, you may exit horizontally into another pod
of the HSC building that is not in alarm activation. Horizontal evacuation should
only be done during an alarm activation that occurs when a severe weather event is
happening at the same time, and only if it is safe to do so.
During a potential life-threatening tornadic storm, a fire alarm activation is possible,
fire-related or not. Taking cover during a tornadic storm is critical to your safety.
Always practice situational awareness (know what’s happening around you), particularly
during multiple life-threatening events.
TTUHSC EP Emergency Management Coordinator/Fire Marshal
TTUHSC EP Emergency Management Coordinator
It will be the responsibility of the President, Vice Presidents, and Deans to assure
that by November 15 of each year the administrators in their organization notify in
writing those persons designated as "essential." The Human Resources Office or the
Regional Dean's Office at a regional campus will be informed of the personnel designated
as essential. Learn More
These guidelines explain the dangers of winter weather and suggest life-saving actions
you can take. With this information, you can recognize winter weather threats, develop
an action plan and be ready when severe winter weather threatens.