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Campus and Mankato area to prepare for upcoming Severe Weather Awareness

Next week, April 15-22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. All shelter locations on campus and at home should be noted in case of severe weather.

2012-04-23

Next week, April 15-22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week. All shelter locations on campus and at home should be noted in case of severe weather.

Please visit http://www.mnsu.edu/security/emergencies to view campus tornado safety information and a list of MSU building shelter locations.

Each day next week, information pertaining to different severe weather situations will be sent out campus-wide. At 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Thursday, April 19 the city tornado sirens will sound in the Mankato area.

Although the university is not officially participating in this exercise, it will be a good time for everyone to take a few minutes to think about the action to take in an actual tornado warning.

It will also be a great opportunity for faculty to discuss with their classes the shelter location in their building and how the class would proceed in the event of severe weather. Families can practice their own drills at home during the evening drill.

More information regarding Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found at http://www.severeweather.state.mn.us/.

Severe Weather Announcements:

  • Severe weather announcements and signals will occur on radio and television.
  • Tune in radio to local commercial broadcast station (AM: KYSM 1230 or KTOE 1420; FM: KMSU 89.7, MN 93 93.1, KDOG 96.7, KEEZ 99.1 or KXLP 94.1).

Severe Thunderstorm Watch:

  • Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning:

  • Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

Tornado Watch:

  • Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Tornado Warning:

  • A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

Tornado Warning Signal and Evacuation:

  • A tornado warning signal is a steady 3-5 minute sounding on the Civil Defense Siren. Civil Defense Sirens are tested the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
  • A tornado warning announcement will be broadcast to the University’s telephone system. This system is tested on the first Wednesday of each month as well.
  • All persons should proceed to pre-designated tornado shelter areas listed below. It is suggested that departments take and listen to a portable battery-operated AM/FM radio to accompany you to the appropriate shelter so you are informed of weather updates, such as tornado warning expirations or extensions.
  • Evacuate to the shelter area immediately – don’t be sightseers!
  • Secure (lock) your areas when evacuating to prevent possible thefts, take along personal valuables.

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