Tornado Information
Dayton Campus

The tornado months are normally April, May and June, however, tornadoes may strike at any time in Ohio. Sinclair utilizes "tornado shelter" signs in each building that marks a safe zone in the event of a evacuation.

Tornado warnings should never be taken lightly.  Sinclair Police determines when the campus community should be evacuated to the basements. Sinclair Police also monitors the National Weather Service (NWS) reports, bulletins issued on the Law Enforcement Data Systems computer network, the local media and our own weather spotters trained by the NWS.

If a tornado watch is issued by the NWS, Sinclair Police will immediately activate our command center and monitor weather conditions. In the event that the NWS service issues a Tornado Warning for our area, Sinclair Police will make an immediate verbal announcement via the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), indicating that a Tornado Warning has been issued.

Sinclair Police will monitor the path of the impending storm and if the college is within the projected path of the storm, the EBS will be fully activated, as described below:

The EBS will be activated in all buildings at the Dayton campus (except the Eaker Street building) by an audible siren and a recorded message indicating a tornado warning has been issued and that everyone should proceed to the nearest shelter. Following the activation of the EBS, a secondary announcement will be issued via the NIXLE system. Periodic announcements will be made after the initial message is broadcast. An "all clear" message will be broadcast once the emergency is over. The all clear message will also be distributed over the NIXLE system.

Here is what the weather alert sounds like -

Sample Weather Alert sound clip

When the tornado warning announcement is made, go immediately to the nearest shelter area (listed below). Do not go outside. If you are outside when the announcement is made, you need to seek shelter in the nearest available building.

If the storm has already hit the college and you cannot make it to a designated shelter, take cover in a classroom or office away from the outside walls. Try to take cover under any heavy furniture near an inside wall or inside a closet. Assume a curled position to protect your head and eyes. Stay away from large open areas, such as atriums, the gym, the fieldhouse.

Remain in the designated shelter until the "all clear" message is broadcast once the emergency is over.

Courseview Campus Center, Englewood, Huber Heights, Miami Valley Research Park and Preble County Learning Centers

When a tornado watch is issued by the NWS, Sinclair Police will immediately activate our command center and monitor weather conditions. In the event that the NWS issues a Tornado Warning, as described above, Sinclair Police will issue an immediate announcement that such a warning is in place for the affected area. Sinclair Police will monitor the path of the storm and if one of the above centers is within the projected path of the storm, college staff will be immediately notified to take the appropriate sheltering actions. NIXLE will also be utilized in such instances.

When the tornado warning announcement is made, go immediately to the designated shelter. Do not go outside. If you are outside when the announcement is made, you need to seek shelter in the nearest available building.

If the storm has already hit the college and you cannot make it to a designated shelter, take cover in a classroom or office away from the outside walls. Try to take cover under any heavy furniture near an inside wall or inside a closet. Assume a curled position to protect your head and eyes. Stay away from glassed in areas or large open areas, such as the main lobby.

Remain in the designated shelter until the "all clear" message is broadcast once the emergency is over.

Desginated Tornado Shelters - Dayton Campus

Building 1 - entire basement level

Building 2 - entire lower level and basement level

Building 3 - entire basement level

Building 4 - entire lower level and basement level

Building 5 - entire basement level

Building 6 - entire basement level except the hallway outside rooms 6021-6025

Building 7 - Building 6 basement
                    - Rooms 7006 A, B and C (stay away from glass windows and partitions)

Building 8 - northeast and southeast basement level, including the lobby and stairs   area, the stage area and the Student Leadership Development Office, room 8025
                   - northwest and northeast basement level near rooms 8012-8014
                   - south basement level near and in room 8021

Building 9 - northeast hallway near room 9102
                    - ground and basement level of the northeast stairs
                    - north area of basement (designated for Child & Family Education)

Building 10 - basement level near or in rooms 10L11-10L15

Building 11 - basement level hall near or in rooms 10L11-10L15
                      - Fredrick C. Smith Auditorium (room 12150)

Building 12 - Fredrick C. Smith Auditorium (room 12150)

Building 13 - entire basement area

Building 14 - basement level (east side) in the Audio/Video Production area (stay away from glass windows and partitions)

Building 15 - entire basement level

Building 16 - entire basement level

Building 17 - men's and women's restrooms

Building 19 - first floor center hallway from west entrance (keep all doors closed and latched)

Building 20 - room 20121 

Desginated Tornado Shelters - Off Campus Sites

Courseview Campus Center - men's and women's restrooms,rooms 103, 104, 105a and 105b

Eaker Building - inside classrooms on the north side of building

Englewood Learning Center - men's and women's restrooms, rooms 102a, 102d, 104, 105 and the Bookstore

Huber Heights Learning Center - men's and women's restroom, rooms 103, 117, 118, 119, 121b and the Bookstore

Preble County Learning Center - men's and women's restrooms, rooms 112, 113, 114

The Learning Center at Miami Research Park - Garden West conference room