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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Severe Weather

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There is a tornado shelter location for each building on campus. In the event of potentially severe weather, it is recommended that each occupant have access to a portable AM/FM radio in order to follow weather updates.

Severe Weather Announcements

  • Public warning signal (radio, TV; there will be no siren unless there is danger of tornado).
  • Tune in radio to local commercial broadcast station (AM: KYSM 1230 or KTOE 1420; FM: KMSU 89.7, KXLP 94.1, KDOG 96.7, KEEZ 99.1, or KATO 93.1).
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 Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. 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.

Severe Weather Information

  • Tornado warning signal (3-5 minutes steady blast on Civil Defense Siren), also alert will be disseminated to University Security from National Severe Weather System.
    • Note: Sirens are tested first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
  • Tornado warning announcement will be broadcast to the University Emergency Public Address System.
    • Note: This is tested on the first Wednesday of each month.
  • All persons should proceed to pre-designated tornado shelter areas. 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 areas – don’t be sightseers!
  • Lock your areas when evacuating to prevent thefts. Take your personal valuables.