Severe Weather

Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Warnings

  • Have a Public Alert™ certified NOAA weather radio with battery back-up to receive warnings.
  • If a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for your location, move to interior areas away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Vehicles, trailers and modular buildings may not provide good protection. Go to a nearby building.
  • If outside, seek refuge in a nearby building.
  • Report damages to the University of Florida Police Department (352) 392-1111.

Links to watches, warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service–Jacksonville:

For programming a NOAA Weather Radio for use inside Alachua County, use the following information:

  • Alachua County SAME Code = 012001
  • Tune to 162.475 Mhz (Channel 4 on most units)

Watch vs. Warning

  • Watch means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorm or tornado development. Be aware and monitor weather information.
  • Warning means a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Take protective actions. 


Source: UF Environmental Health & Safety

Version Date: 06/07/12