Extreme Weather

Weather closing information for UConn’s campuses will be shared on the Alert website and through text messages and social media.

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, or High Winds

  • Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Do not be fooled if there is a lull in the storm. It could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Move to a shelter, basement, or the lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to a windowless interior room or get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, or large hallways.


While earthquakes are typically not associated with the Northeast, we have experienced them before.

If you are indoors:

  • Drop to the floor under a sturdy desk or table, cover your head and face with your arms, and hold on.
  • If suitable furniture is not nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall and cover your head and face with your arms.
  • Stay clear of windows, bookcases, shelves, mirrors, and fireplaces.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If possible, extinguish any open flames or sources of ignition immediately.

If you are outside:

  • Get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls, and power lines.
  • If driving, pull over to the side of the road, stop, and stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
  • Avoid overpasses, bridges, and power lines.
  • If the earthquake has been severe, do not attempt to cross damaged bridges, overpasses, or damaged sections of road.

After the earthquake, call 9-1-1 to report any injuries or suspected gas or water leaks. Do not touch downed power lines or damaged building equipment. Try to keep phone lines open except for emergency calls.