Ice Storms

  • Monitor approaching winter storm conditions – freezing rain, sleet, snow, high winds, wind chill conditions.
  • Ensure employees/students understand University policy for operating or closing under adverse weather conditions.
  • To prevent auto accidents and injuries, do not come into work if the University is closed.


  • In heavy rains, beware of flash flooding.  If the possibility for flash flooding exists, move to a safer location.
  • Contact Physical Plant (817.257.7956) to report any flooding in your building.
  • If time allows, place valuable, and electronic, equipment up on file cabinets or desks for protection.
  • Place paper files on top of cabinets, if possible.
  • Unplug all fixtures, including extension cords, from the wall outlets.
  • Be aware of electrical hazards.


  • When a thunderstorm threatens (and/or if you hear the Thorguard sirens), go inside immediately for protection.
  • When indoors, stay away from windows, water, sinks, and faucets.
  • If you are in a hard-topped car, stay there.
  • If you are caught outside, stay away from any object that could act as a natural lightning rod, such as tall trees.
  • Stay clear of open fields, open water or small isolated sheds.  If you are caught in an open area, crouch low to the ground; do not lie flat on the ground.
  • Get away from fences, poles and other metal objects.