Severe Weather Contingency Planning

Severe weather may present hazards and risks that must be considered during the planning phase of an outdoor event. To prepare, event organizers must consider potential weather conditions and the plan of action that will be taken during such occurrences. Severe weather may include thunderstorms, lightning, and/or tornados. During the event, event organizers must monitor weather conditions.

The National Weather Service may issue severe weather watches or warnings.

  • A watch means that conditions are favorable for development, and you should be aware and monitor weather information.
  • A warning means that activity has been sighted or detected by radar and you should take protective actions immediately

Information on current warnings and current weather in the area may be found at

We encourage event organizers to register to receive AlertUSF text notifications to stay informed of emergency situations impacting the campus. AlertUSF will be used to alert the USF community when a Tornado Warning impacting a USF campus has been issued. 

Use the Severe Weather Contingency Plan Template to develop a plan for any outdoor event.


Questions? Contact Emergency Management at 813-974-0870 or