UT will remain open except in the most severe weather conditions. The majority of university activities can continue safely. However, departments must monitor severe weather and review their operations to ensure they can be conducted safely.

If severe weather is likely (winter storm, high winds, thunder, lightning, hail, flash floods):

  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Monitor the weather for local conditions.
  • Seek appropriate shelter (if there is a thunderstorm, remain there until thirty minutes after the last rumble of thunder).
    • Sheds, tents, and covered porches don’t protect you from lightning.
    • Find a sturdy building or get into a hard-topped metal vehicle with the windows closed.


  • Do NOT use a corded phone if you hear thunder. Cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
  • Keep away from electrical equipment, wiring, and water pipes.
    • Sensitive electronics should be unplugged.
    • Don’t take a bath, shower, or use other plumbing during a thunderstorm.
    • Stay away from utility poles, tall trees, and towers during a thunderstorm.


  • Avoid high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or tunnels.
    • Don’t drive through a flooded road. A few inches of water can be deadly.
    • If you’re at work, monitor the campus notifications and follow the directions provided.