What to do in case of Severe Storms - Immediate Actions:

Severe Storms

The best protection in the event of severe storms is the use of the permanent campus buildings. It is safer to be inside permanent buildings than attempt to evacuate the campus. Time permitting, employees and students in temporary structures will be moved to permanent concrete structures.

Resources for Local (Tri-County) Severe Storm Weather and Traffic Conditions:

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Traffic Incident Information
(Select you custom region of activity)

PGE Emergency - Outage Center Map
(Select you custom region of activity)

Monterey County Public Works Storm Preparedness
(Links to sand bag and sand stockpile locations)
Monterey County Road Traffic Advisories, Closures, and Information
(Alphabetical road listings with a map at bottom of page)
Monterey County Emergency - ALERT! Information and Emergency Map
(Online ALERT! Notifications with Map of Evacuations, Road Closures, Traffic Advisories)

CalTrans 511 - Santa Cruz
(Real-time traffic information map)
Santa Cruz County Maintained Roads - Advisories
(Real-time map of construction, closed, and otherwise impacted roads)
Santa Cruz County Current Traffic and Transportation
(Updates every two minutes: Highway congestion map, traffic cameras, CHP & CalTrans incidents and lane closure reports; Includes link to weather and surf advisory)
Santa Cruz County Emergency Alert Notification
(Links to sand bag and sand stockpile locations, and sign up for Alerts)

San Benito County Incident Map
San Benito County Warnings, Watches, and Advisories & Traffic Alerts
San Benito County Emergency Alert Registration
San Benito County Traffic and Transportation
(Highway congestion map, traffic cameras, CHP & CalTrans incidents and lane closure reports.)


In the event of a tornado warning:

  • Incident Commander (IC) will attempt to issue warning of approaching tornado.
  • Move everyone out of windowed areas.
  • Close doors and remain in interior, windowless rooms, hallways, or basements. Await further instructions issued by the IC or other officials.
  • Insofar as is practicable, Building Monitors will follow up on warnings to employees and students by making room-to-room inspections.

Last update:  02/2024