WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IN TEXAS ? WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH
The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management have designated November 14th, 2012, as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas. This is an annual safety campaign designed to promote winter weather awareness and safety.
Every year, West Texas is affected by winter weather, with at least one winter storm impacting the area in a typical year. Across the United States, an average of 23 fatalities can be attributed each year to winter weather, and dozens of fatalities can be attributed to exposure to cold. Add to that number, vehicle accidents and fatalities, fires due to dangerous use of heaters, and other winter weather fatalities, and you have a significant threat.
The keys to avoiding serious injury or death during a major winter storm include knowing the safety rules to survive cold weather, knowing how to stay informed of forecasts and warnings for winter storm conditions, and preparing ahead of time to handle difficult travel conditions and other exposure to harsh cold weather conditions.
Emergency Paging Codes
Emergency paging codes are announced over the public address system by Information Technology in coordination with the Texas Tech Police Department TTUHSC Fire Marshall's office. For detailed information on each code, please refer to the TTUHSC Safety Services Emergency Paging Codes by region document.
TTUHSC has an established policy and procedure regarding the suspension of classes and closing of offices in inclement weather (ice, snow, flooding). If the facilities are closed due to inclement weather, announcements will be made via STAT!Alert, local television and radio stations, as well as on the TTUHSC Announcements page.
Inclement Weather / Campus Closings
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 are a threat to the Texas Tech community. TTUHSC maintains several warning and alert systems for use in the event 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 the TTUHSC's warning and alert system. Learn More
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.