Severe Weather Alerts A decision to dismiss classes or close campus will be made by the College President and/or one of the vice presidents when weather or other conditions pose a potentially serious threat to the health or safety of the College's students and/or employees. The President or his/her representative will make the decision, after consultation with appropriate College personnel and representatives of public health or safety agencies. If conditions affect only one College campus (not the entire system), the decision may be made by the College President to cancel classes for that campus only. DURING NON-BUSINESS HOURS - The decision to close the College for day classes will be made as much before 8:00 a.m. as possible and will automatically extend through noon. The decision to extend the College closing beyond noon will be made as much before the time as possible and will include canceling all scheduled evening activities. The decision will be communicated using the following process: 1. Upon notification from the President, the vice presidents will notify the respective deans and College administrators: who will in turn notify their staff and/or department heads; who then will notify the faculty and staff who report to them. 2. Notification will be made to the DMC Security Office 24-hour communication center - ext. 1199 (698-1199).3. The President will notify the College Relations representative who will be responsible for notifying the news media of the closing decision, if such notification seems necessary.Also, the College Relations representative will record the appropriate message for the DMC Employee Emergency Information Line: ext. 1500 (698-1500) and the DMC Events and Activities Line: ext. 1600 (698-1600) or on the college Web site: www.delmar.edu.4. Radio stations and local television stations will be notified and should be monitored to serve as one source of information when a potential widespread emergency condition is present. Television stations: Channel 3, Channel 6, Channel 10, and Channel 28 Radio stations: AM 1400, FM 89.5 DMC Employee Emergency Information Line ext. 1500 and the DMC Events and Activities Line ext. 1600, and the college Web site, www.delmar.edu, will have the most accurate, up-to-date information.DURING BUSINESS HOURS1. If classes are in session and offices occupied, the notification to close may be done in person or by telephone. 2. Notification will be made to the DMC Security Office 24-hour communication center, ext. 1199. 3. Should the decision be made to close the College, employees should prepare work and classroom areas as necessary to lessen potential property loss from the adverse event. SUCH AS Disconnect all electrical equipment - computer, TV, VCR, typewriter, calculator, science equipment, coffee pots, etc. Move delicate or electrical equipment away from windows toward the interior walls to the extent possible. Secure (close and lock) windows and doors when leaving and turn off all lights. Recommendations for hurricane preparedness can be found in Section XVI: Hurricane Response Planning of the College's Safety Manual. TORNADO Tornadoes give little or no advance warning. Extreme and sudden winds can present similar hazards. Take precautions upon notification of tornado-like weather. Seek shelter inside buildings or other secure location. Avoid glass and exposure to flying debris. The Coleman Student Center on the West Campus has no suitable shelter space for a tornado. If time does not allow for movement, cover should be taken away from glass windows and under protective items such as tables or desks. Once individuals have reached a shelter or "take cover" location, they should assume a seated position on the floor with their heads down and their hands over their heads or place themselves under a desk or between fixed seating (if available) with heads lower than the backs of the seats. FLOODThe most common type of natural hazard is flooding. This is particularly true for the Coastal Bend area. Be aware of road conditions during periods of extremely heavy rainfall. DMC facilities may not be exposed to flooding themselves, but hazardous conditions may exist in traveling to and from these locations. Avoid going near flooded areas. Do not drive into flooded streets. Water depth is unknown and the condition of the roadway is not certain. Listen to local radio and TV stations, as well as the Del Mar College Web site, and Employee Emergency Information Line ext. 1500 (698-1500), for College closing information.