Tornadoes or Extreme Wind Events

Responding to a Tornado or Extreme Wind Event

  • Remain indoors and go into a basement or a small, interior ground-floor room.   
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Do not use elevators.   
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.   
  • If you are outdoors and cannot get into a building safely, cover your head and neck with your arms.   

After a Tornado or Extreme Wind Event

  • Stay clear of fallen power lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • Restock any of the supplies consumed from your emergency kit. 



  • Check weather forecasts regularly.
  • Students living in residence may want to consider that food services operations on campus may be impacted by extreme weather events.
  • Assemble an emergency kit with non-perishable food, drinking water and other supplies.

In the event of an extreme wind scenario, be sure to check the status of your campus in case U of T operations are affected:

Important Contacts

Emergency: 911

Campus Safety (Emergency)
St. George/UTSC: 416-978-2222
UTM: 905-569-4333

Campus Safety (Non-Emergency)
St. George: 416-978-2323
UTSC: 416-287-7398
UTM: 905-828-5200

Other Incident Response Guides

Active Attacker
Medical Emergencies
Suspicious Packages
Cyber Incidents
Gas Leak
Power Outages
Civil Disturbances
Extreme Weather