Severe Weather

The University Police will activate the campus emergency warning system in the event of tornado watches or warnings. These messages will be broadcast on the emergency warning system and the UGA campus television cable channel until the emergency is concluded. Please feel free to call the University Police if you need additional information.

These are the National Weather Service’s Warning Terms:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: When this has been issued for your area, there are currently no severe thunderstorms. The thunderstorm watch means that the conditions of the atmosphere are suitable for the formation of thunderstorms containing strong winds, dangerous lightning, and possibly hail.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: When this has been issued for your area, you should stay indoors, and away from any windows in the house (it also helps to close the drapes to slow the progression of flying glass if a window happens to break.) There is heavy wind, lightning, and hail.

Tornado Watch: This means that conditions in the atmosphere are suitable for the formation of tornadoes, not that there is a tornado already on the ground. When this has been issued, you should pay attention to weather reports to keep informed regarding the formation of tornadoes throughout the day.

Tornado Warning: Take cover. A tornado warning for your area means that there is a tornado on the ground, or a possible tornado has been indicated by doppler radar, or there is a funnel cloud in your area.

For true emergencies please Dial 911 immediately


For non-emergencies we can be reached at 706-542-2200