Jasper Main Number: 812-482-3030

Jasper Security: 812-888-5555

Jasper Counselor Office: 812-481-5917

Off Campus Emergency Agencies:

Jasper Emergency Dispatch: 911
Jasper City Fire Dept: 911
Jasper City Police: 911


Emergency Declaration
All offices and facilities shall remain open unless the University President or designee declares an emergency condition.

Snow  Routes
The city of Jasper has designated snow routes.  It is imperative that all University personnel observe these routes and not park their cars along these streets.  The University may designate additional campus streets and parking lots as snow routes.  Based on information provided by the Office of Disability Services, sidewalk snow routes will be determined each semester after reviewing residence and class location of mobility impaired students.  Priority for clearing sidewalks will be given to the indicated routes.

Occurrence of Snow/Ice Emergency
If snow/ice storm occurs during normal working hours, personnel must use their own judgment as to whether or not they can reach the campus safely.  Listen to the local radio and TV stations for the latest weather conditions.  Note: A battery-operated radio should be kept in case of power outages.  All personnel must notify their supervisor if weather conditions prevent the use of roads and streets.  If snow occurs during normal working hours, the President or designee will make the decision regarding University closings.

Physical Plant/Maintenance
Physical Plant/Maintenance personnel will clear parking lots and walkways on the campus.

A tornado is defined as a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.  The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more.  Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.  Tornadoes may occur with little or no warning or siren activation.

Before the storm

VU personnel should:

  1. Know the location of the building’s weather radio.
  2. Be familiar with any pre-assigned safe locations.
  3. Locate accessible building basement or corridor location.
  4. Stay informed through local media sources and University weather radios on days that severe weather is expected.
  5. Be aware of the civil defense alarm (siren and public address system).
  6. Keep a good reliable flashlight and battery operated radio in each office/work area.

Storm is Imminent: Possible Indicators of a Tornado

  1. Dark, often greenish sky
  2. Large hail
  3. Loud roar, similar to a train
  4. Cloud of debris (the tornado may not be visible)
  5. Wind becomes calm and still
  6. Frequent lightning
  7. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a storm

Tornado sighted:

  1. All building occupants should proceed to the lowest possible floor, according to the building evacuation plan. Move to areas without window glass.
  2. Occupants of light steel shelled buildings (i.e. maintenance shed) should leave the building and go directly to a more substantial concrete building, preferably with a basement.