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Office of Emergency Management Severe Weather

Severe Weather

Pullman can be susceptible to many forms of severe weather, including thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, hail and even tornadoes. Stay alert to developing weather and don’t get caught unprepared!


  • Sign up for WSU Alerts through myWSU. For instructions on how to sign up, go here.
    • If WSU decides to close campus or delay classes, you will get notified through WSU Alerts, and information will be available on, social media, and on the emergency information recorded hotline at 509-335-2345.
    • Tune into local television or radio stations for up-to-date information.
  • Be aware of developing weather risks. Follow the NWS for weather watches, warnings and updates.
  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit. 
  • Charge your cell phone and make sure there are fresh batteries in flashlights and radios.
  • Exercise appropriate judgement for severe weather activities.
  • Stay inside as much as possible.
  • Minimize travel during the storm.
  • During high winds, avoid areas with tall trees and stay clear of downed power lines.
  • During flooding, do not drive or walk into flood water higher than 6 inches.
  • Call 9-1-1 only to report a life threatening emergency.
  • Monitor your radio and/or WSU communications tools for instructions or an official “all-clear” notice.
Additional Resources: 

Severe Weather procedures

NOAA National Weather Service

Washington State Department of Transportation

DOT Winter Driving