Severe Weather

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

Before bad weather hits:

  • Sign up for CougAlert emergency messaging by logging into myWSU. Find the “Tri-Cities Emergency Info” box on the left side of the screen, and click “Update Now!” to enter your contact information
    • If WSU Tri-Cities closes campus or delays classes notifications will be sent through CougAlert. Information will also be posted on:
  • Be aware of developing weather risks. Follow the National Weather Service 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.


During bad weather

  • 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.


After bad weather passes

  • Call 9-1-1 only to report life threatening emergencies.
  • 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