Tornado FAQ

What happens at the library during a tornado warning?

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It’s tornado season, and if you are visiting the library during a tornado warning, there are a few things you need to know to stay safe.

Tornado Watch vs. Warning:

A tornado watch means that the weather conditions are conducive for a tornado. A tornado warning means that a funnel cloud has been spotted and you should take cover immediately.

1. How will I know if there is a tornado warning?

You will hear announcements from KPL staff over the PA system that will notify you of the current weather conditions and what action needs to be taken. KPL staff will also be on hand guiding patrons.

2. If there is a tornado warning, what will happen?

You will hear an announcement over the PA system, which will direct you to the shelter location of the branch. Staff will help to guide patrons the shelter location. Patrons who do not wish to take shelter must leave the building. This message will be repeated. Please follow KPL staff guides to the shelter area.

3. What if I am on my way to the library when the tornado sirens start? Can I still seek shelter in the library?

Yes, the library doors will not be locked. There will be signage on the door indicating that the library is closed due to the tornado warning, and giving directions to the shelter location for the branch you are visiting.

4. What if I don’t want to stay in the library if there is a tornado warning?

You are not required to seek shelter in the library, but you will not be able to stay in the building. You will be required to leave.

5. What happens when an all clear is received?

Once an all-clear is received, patrons will be allowed to return to their previous location, unless the building has sustained damage that prevents re-opening. In this case patrons will be asked to leave while staff work to address the situation.