Inclement Weather Policies
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICIES
Once a lifeguard sees lightning, the pool is cleared immediately. Everyone must be completely out of the water and away from the glass windows. If the lifeguard hears thunder or has been informed by VU Environmental Health and Safety, the aquatic staff is put on alert that inclement weather may be approaching. If inclement weather occurs, the pool is cleared. Again, everyone must be completely out of the water and away from the glass windows. The pool is to remain clear until there is no longer a threat of imminent danger. Typically this closing will last a minimum of 20 minutes dependent on current weather conditions. The Facility Supervisor will have a weather radar pulled up to assist and provide warnings as necessary.
Although the actual conditions in the area may not be presently threatening, there is a strong chance of dangerous winds, maybe a tornado. When the facility supervisor or a radio announcement has been made, the lifeguard is prepared to clear the pool if necessary.
If a tornado warning has been issued, the aquatic staff immediately instructs all patrons to clear the pool and seek the designated shelter areas immediately. Shelter areas are located in the lower corridors (hallway to men’s and women’s locker rooms.) Patrons may leave the building if they choose, but are strongly advised to seek immediate shelter within the Student Recreation Center.
FIRE/ EVACUTION PROCEDURE
If the fire alarm should sound you will be notified by the facility supervisor, all OCR personnel are expected to help evacuate the building. When an alarm is activated move all patrons to the south end (shallow end) of the facility. If fire or smoke is not evident, patrons may remain just inside the south exits (to the pool patio.) Security or fire department personnel will inform you if the building has to be evacuated. If fire or smoke is evident, move patrons out the south exit as far away from the building as possible. If possible, a lifeguard must remain with these people. In all cases, do not use the elevator after an alarm has been activated. The lifeguards should follow these procedures if the alarm sounds or you see smoke in the pool or coming from the pump room:
- Notify the Welcome Center via radio and make sure they are aware of the situation.
- Pull fire alarm if you see a fire and no alarm has been activated.
- Begin evacuation protocol.
- Contact the Welcome Center and notify them within three minutes of a false alarm. Make sure they call EMS immediately.