BHC tornado warning procedures

Below are procedures at Black Hawk College should a tornado warning be issued for the Moline/Rock Island County area or the Kewanee/Henry County area. If a tornado warning is issued, individuals on the respective Black Hawk College campus should go immediately to the lowest level of the building they are located in (interior hallways or rooms are preferable, away from glass windows).

If a tornado warning is issued for the Moline or Kewanee area, an alert will be sent through the college’s Emergency Notification System (ENS), if time permits, using text, phone calls and e-mails to notify the campus community of the weather-related threat. The notice may also appear on the College’s home page and Facebook page Local weather information can be found at

When a tornado warning is issued for the Moline area, the city will sound civil defense/tornado sirens, which are located throughout the community. When this siren is heard, individuals should take shelter immediately. In addition, the Black Hawk College Police Department has the capability of announcing severe weather alerts over the campus-wide emergency alert system.

When a tornado warning is issued for the Kewanee/Galva area, the Black Hawk College Police Department will active the campus wide alert system and ENS system for East Campus if time permits.

There are a few additional steps individuals can take to protect themselves during threatening spring weather. Know the building layout and where to go in the event of a tornado. Tune in to a radio or television for weather alerts, and sign up for weather-related alerts from local media and/or online weather centers, such as A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop, while a warning means a tornado has been spotted. A reliable source of weather information is the National Weather Service (NWS). The Davenport IL/IA NWS office provides up to date information at

If in a vehicle, do not try to escape the tornado. Try to find the nearest ditch or depression away from power lines and trees and lie flat. Finally, after a tornado, beware of damage. Notify emergency personnel of persons with disabilities who may be in the building. Do not use the elevators or electrical switches.

In the event of any building damage or personal injury on campus, contact the Black Hawk College Police Department at 309-796-5913 (QC) or 309-854-1786 (EC).

An all-clear message will be issued via ENS following a weather-related warning affecting Black Hawk College campus locations.