March 5, 2013

"Tornado safe" areas at VUMC now designated by signs

New signs directing visitors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to “tornado safe” areas during a tornado have been placed at Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.

Multiple signs have been placed in stairwells and public areas in the four locations.

“The signs direct the public visiting our facilities to tornado shelter areas, and away from windows,” said Pam Hoffner, MSN, director of VUMC Emergency Preparedness and Response. “Staff will continue to follow the normal procedures during yellow and orange alerts for tornadoes listed in the emergency quick reference guide."

Tornadoes, which are more likely to occur between 3-9 p.m., may strike quickly and can strike at any time with little or no warning. Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May.

For more information on VUMC’s Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response, staff responsibilities and links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s tips for being prepared for tornadoes, visit the department’s website at