Severe Weather

Severe Weather Information

Below is a campus map depicting buildings designated as areas of refuge.

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Alva Campus Area of Refuge map

Severe Weather/Tornado Procedures

During periods of severe thunderstorms with the possibility of tornadoes, Northwestern personnel closely monitor weather information and will notify students and employees to take shelter if needed.

The City of Alva will activate its tornado sirens if a tornado threatens the community. Northwestern will use social media (NWOSU Facebook and NWOSU Twitter) and the emergency text alert system to relay information. Update registration for the text alert system at

The University has designated these Alva Campus areas as the safest places to use as areas of refuge, if necessary:

  1. Basement of Vinson Hall. Access is available by elevator or exterior door on the west side of the
  2. First floor of the Science Building in the east-west hallway.
  3. Basement of the Education Center. Access is available by elevator.
  4. Bottom floor (first) restrooms of Jesse Dunn.
  5. South end of the main north-south hallway of the Health and Sports Science Education Building.
  6. First floor and interior hallway of all Residence Halls.

If you are unable to seek an area of refuge in a listed facility, then move indoors as quickly as possible and move to an interior hallway or small room at the lowest level of the structure away from windows. Avoid upper floors, large glassed areas, gymnasiums and auditoriums.

At the Enid Campus, students and employees should move to restrooms on the first floor or into the mail room adjacent to the north hallway.

At the Woodward Campus, students and employees should seek areas of refuge in rooms 141 or 119, or the kitchen and restroom near Dean's office.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with these locations and have an evacuation plan in place. Don't be scared, be prepared.



Tornado Procedures


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