The East Texas area is susceptible to tornadoes. If a tornado is sighted, a tornado warning will be indicated by the City of LongviewÕs Early Weather Warning Siren System (EWWS) which will sound a 3-5 minute steady alarm. If you have registered for the LeTourneau University Electronic Campus Communication System (ECCS), you will receive a text message and email concerning warnings published by the National Weather Service. Regular updates will be sent out via text and email as the circumstances warrant.
If you hear this alarm, or if you are notified by University Police of an impending tornado threat:
NOTE: The City of Longviews Early Weather Warning Siren System is tested the first Wednesday of each month at noon, unless severe storm conditions exist.
During electrical storms, athletic fields will close. If caught on a field or out in the open on campus during a storm, move quickly to a reinforced structure. Avoid taking shelter under trees. Thunderstorms can also produce large hail, so it is imperative to find a structure in which to wait out the storm. If someone has been struck by lightning, check to see if the individual is breathing. If the person is not breathing, begin CPR and notify persons as outlined in medical emergencies. A person struck by lightning holds no electrical charge and can be handled safely.