When a tornado watch is issued for Tuscaloosa County, the North Campus Storm Shelter, John H. England, Jr. Hall Storm Shelter, North Lawn HallMagnolia Parking Deck 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 Parking Deck 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 Parking Deck BARA. To avoid spreading the virus, those who choose to shelter at the Capstone Parking Deck BARA should consider parking inside the deck and remaining in their cars until a tornado warning is issued.

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 Parking Deck Best Available Refuge Area (BARA)
Located on the west side of the lowest level of the parking deck and 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 Parking Deck Best Available Refuge Area (BARA)
Located on the west side of the lowest level of the parking deck. *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.

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. If you are not able to make it to a storm shelter, seek shelter in the closest Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) location. 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. If you are not on campus, 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. For your safety and the safety of others, please follow the guidance of University officials while you are in the shelter.

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Best Available Refuge Areas (BARAs)

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