Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Severe Weather

Among the more common forms of severe weather in our area are thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes.

The Rock Valley College emergency warning siren will be sounded after a tornado warning has been issued for Winnebago County. Additionally, RVC video monitors will automatically display a tornado warning screen and broadcast the National Weather Service message. A tornado warning means that a funnel cloud or tornado has been spotted in the county.

How to respond:

  • The safest place to be during any of these storms is inside a secure structure as most damage occurs as a result of broken glass and flying debris.
  • All buildings at the college have tornado sings posted, advising of safe places within the College to seek shelter during a tornado.
  • If you find yourself in a storm, proceed with the following guidelines:
  • Follow room instructions to move to a place of safety.
  • Leave windows alone and move away from them.
  • Seek hallways or rooms without windows. If time allows, move to lower building levels. Do not use elevators.
  • Avoid rooms with large roof spans such as the PEC or theaters.
  • Students will not be dismissed from class during a tornado warning.
  • Wait until the storm passes and "All Clear" message is issued.
  • Communicate through phones and video monitors.
  • Monitor local TV and radio stations for updated weather information and college closing announcements.