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International Students: Weather Emergencies

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Bellevue University Severe Weather Closing Policy

All weather or incident-related announcements will be posted on

Bellevue University will maintain normally scheduled operations except under the following circumstances:

Severe weather conditions that threaten the safety of students and employees.

Power outages that make it impossible to continue normal business.

Other natural disasters or emergencies.

In each of these circumstances, management will determine if the situation is serious enough to warrant temporarily closing an individual campus and/or relocating scheduled activities.

Bellevue and Omaha Area Locations:The decision to cancel or relocate classes in the Bellevue and Omaha area will always be made before 6:00 a.m. for daytime activities and by 3:30 p.m. for evening activities. Announcements will be posted on, sent out via campus email, and submitted to local area radio and television stations.

Lincoln Campus: 

The manager of the Lincoln location will monitor local conditions and other area closings. Based on the situation, the manager may decide to relocate classes or close the location. Lincoln location staff will post an announcement on and will notify local radio and television stations.

Other Satellite Locations:

In inclement weather and emergency situations, satellite locations will follow the lead of the host institution. Notices will be posted on

Blizzard Survival Guide

Is it a winter storm or blizzard?

According to the United States AccuWeather site:

"A winter storm watch is issued when wintry weather conditions are expected in the next 12 to 48 hours. This watch can be upgraded to a blizzard watch when snow and wind gusts of at least 35 mph will drop visibility to less than a quarter mile for three hours or longer."

Be prepared ahead of time for this storm by having a kit handy:

1. A working flashlight

2.  A charged cell phone

3.  Battery powered radio or television

4.  Extra food, water and medicine

5.  First Aid Supplies

6.  Heating fuel (or turn up the heat prior to the storm if your house uses electrical heat)

7.  Emergency heating source

8.  Fire extinguishers

9.  Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.


A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when the conditions are right for severe thunderstorms. Be alert for changing conditions. Severe Thunderstorm warning is issued by the National Weather Service when storms with strong winds, rain, and hail are expected in the area. A severe thunderstorm warning may last for up to one hour.

A Tornado Watch is issued when weather conditions exist that could produce a tornado. A tornado watch may last for several hours. When a tornado watch is issued all faculty and staff will be alerted through the ANS notification system.

A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted and is threatening the community. At this time, the Civil defense Warning Sirens are sounded, and the emergency messages are broadcast by the media. A tornado warning usually lasts for thirty minutes or less. When a tornado warning is issued all faculty and staff will be alerted through ANS notification system. Everyone will need to go to a Tornado Shelter during a Tornado Warning.