When a tornado watch is issued for Tuscaloosa County, the North Campus Storm Shelter, John H. England, Jr. Hall Storm Shelter, North Lawn HallMagnolia Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) and basement of the North Engineering Research Center (NERC) will be available for all students, faculty and staff until the watch expires. The Magnolia Parking Deck Best Available Refuge Area can accept pets with their owners. Read more about sheltering with pets in the Magnolia Deck BARA.

Please note the following sheltering changes due to COVID-19:

* Masks are required in University shelters and BARAs, and everyone is asked to practice social distancing as possible. For your safety and the safety of others, please follow the guidance of University officials while in the shelter.

Capstone BARA – Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, or those who have been told to quarantine for possible exposure to the virus, are asked to shelter only at the Capstone BARA located inside the Capstone Parking Deck. Parking is available in the surface lot next to the Capstone Parking Deck.

East Campus Storm Shelter – Students and employees are asked not to shelter at the East Campus Storm Shelter at this time, as it is being reserved for residents of Capstone Village who may be more vulnerable to the virus.

More information on sheltering changes can be found here: Changes to Campus Storm Shelters.

Sheltering Locations:

John H. England Jr. Hall Storm Shelter
Located on the basement level of the dormitory.

Magnolia Best Available Refuge Area (BARA)
Located within the Magnolia Parking Deck on the west side of the lowest level. BARA can accept pets with their owners.

North Campus Storm Shelter
Located on the lowest level of the Robert E. Witt Student Activity Center in Presidential Village.

North Engineering Research Center (NERC)
The basement is available for students and employees. From the main entry doors, proceed down the stairs to the lower level and thru the door to the basement.

North Lawn Hall Storm Shelter
Located inside classrooms 1010, 1011, 1014, 1015, and 1018. Please note: Classes may be in session. If instruction is occurring in these classrooms during a tornado watch, do not interrupt the class. You may seek shelter in any classroom not being used for instruction during a tornado watch. During a tornado warning, all of the identified classrooms are available for refuge.

*Capstone Best Available Refuge Area (BARA)
Located within the Capstone Parking Deck on the west side of the lowest level. *Currently reserved for students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, or those who have been told to quarantine for possible exposure to the virus.

*East Campus Storm Shelter
Located behind the Child Development Research Center. *Currently reserved for Capstone Village residents only.

Coleman Coliseum
Park in the east parking lot, enter the east concourse doors.

Storm Shelter Parking:

The Storm Shelter Parking map highlights parking options near storm shelters and BARAs. A campus map of all parking options is available here.

Storm shelters and BARAs are available to all students, faculty and staff who live on or off campus. Once a tornado watch is issued, parking enforcement staff only monitor for safety violations like blocking a roadway, fire-hydrant, access aisle or fire-lane; as well as parking on the grass, double parking or disability parking. Students are encouraged to use any legal parking in proximity to a shelter or BARA. Once the tornado watch has ended, ample time is allowed to return to correct parking zones, if applicable.

What to do when a tornado warning is issued:

If a tornado warning is issued, you should avoid traveling and seek shelter immediately. Classes are immediately suspended. For your safety and the safety of others, please follow the guidance of University officials while you are in the shelter.

Seek shelter in the closest Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) location if you are unable to make it to a storm shelter. A list of BARA locations can be found here. The BARA location can also be found on the Building Emergency Plan posted near entry/exit locations and within the UA Safety mobile app.

Storm shelters are also located throughout Tuscaloosa County. Visit Tuscaloosa County EMA website to find the closest storm shelter to your location. If you are not on campus and cannot safely reach a storm shelter, you should seek shelter on the lowest floor in the center of the building and stay away from windows. Do not seek shelter in a vehicle or a mobile home. If you live in an apartment building, seek shelter on the lowest level. Do not remain in apartments on upper floors.

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