Emergency Management: Watch notifications

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.

A severe thunderstorm warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information. You should move indoors to a place of safety. Schools should think about delaying departure of buses, and should take quick action to delay outdoor sports activities, etc.

The term severe refers to hail that is dime size, 0.75 inches in diameter or larger, and/or wind gusts to 58 mph or more. Although lightning can be deadly it is not a criterion for what the National Weather Service defines as severe since any ordinary thunderstorm can produce a lot of lightning. Also, excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding, but heavy rain is not a criterion for the term severe. Severe strictly refers to hail at least 3/4 of an inch in diameter or wind gusts of at least 58 mph.

If hail golf ball size or larger is falling, it indicates that a storm is very well organized and likely has a rotating updraft. Any storm producing giant hail should be watched closely for signs of a possible tornado.

A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado. A tornado warning is the ultimate in severe warnings, it means that a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar. You should take cover immediately.

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at:
employees.nmc.edu/depts/emergency-mngt-plan/

Emergency Management: Operational Continuity

In the event of a major emergency, after the initial responses are completed, Emergency Management Team staff will focus on operational continuity planning by developing an assessment of damage, program disruptions, and other continuity problems. As the complete assessment emerges, Emergency Management Team staff will identify and recommend the most effective recovery plan for the College. If possible, academic programs and basic services will be resumed immediately. (more…)

Emergency Management: Gas Leak

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless, and combustible gas consisting primarily of methane. For safety and detection, there is an unpleasant odorant called mercaptan (smells like rotten eggs) to the natural gas traveling through most of the pipelines. Propane is a gas compressed into a transportable liquid and stored in tanks. The odorant mercaptan is also added to propane. (more…)

Emergency Management: Intimidation or threats

NMC has established a Zero Tolerance Standard with respect to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, or acts of violence relating to the campus or classroom. A safe and secure campus is essential to carrying out the mission of the College; the campus and its community are committed to working together to create and maintain a campus that is as free from forms of harassing and threatening behaviors. (more…)

Emergency Management: Weather watch and warning notifications

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings. (more…)

Campus Emergency Procedure: Persons with Disabilities

Here is part of the NMC Campus Emergency Management Plan detailing the emergency procedure as it pertains to persons with disabilities.

This section of the document outlines procedures for alerting, evacuating, or sheltering persons with disabilities located on campus during an emergency. Every member of the College community has a responsibility to facilitate the safe evacuation and sheltering of persons with disabilities by adhering to the following guidelines. (more…)