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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Severe Weather Safety

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/housing/policies/safety/severe_weather_safety.html

 

Severe Weather Announcements Local radio and television stations announce severe weather watches and/or warnings.

Tornado Watch

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions in the area are such that the formation of a tornado is possible. You are alerted of a tornado watch via broadcast media - public civil defense sirens are not sounded. During a tornado watch, be alert for approaching storms.

Tornado Warning

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado is approaching or has been sighted in the immediate area. You are alerted of a tornado warning via broadcast media, an emergency tone followed by specific weather information, and civil defense sirens. During a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.

Storm Alert

A storm alert is issued when weather conditions in the area are such that the formation of a severe storm is possible. You are alerted of a storm alert via broadcast media - public civil defense sirens are not sounded. During a storm alert, be alert for approaching storms.

Severe Weather Procedures

At the first indication of a tornado or severe weather warning:

• Go to the nearest severe weather shelter area. Do not go outside. Do not use an elevator. Electrical service could be disrupted, trapping people between floors.
• Stay away from windows and areas with wide free-span roofs (e.g. main corridors, cafeterias).
• Take a communication device (portable radio, cell phone) and/or flashlight to the shelter area.
• Remain in the severe weather shelter area until the warning has expired or has been cancelled according to the broadcast media. No public “all-clear” siren will sound.

Severe Weather Shelter Areas

While no shelter area can be designed as entirely safe, the following areas are designated as severe weather shelter areas in residence communities.

Carkoski Commons The shelter area is the lower level corridor of Carkoski Commons. Enter the shelter area through any stairwell leading into the lower level of Carkoski Commons.

Crawford Residence Community The shelter areas are the Crawford laundry room, the tunnel leading from Crawford Community to Carkoski Commons and the north lower level hallway of  Carkoski Commons. Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the Crawford laundry room.

Julia Sears Residence Community (Residential Rooms) The shelter areas are the restrooms within suites.

Julia Sears Community (Commons Areas) The shelter area is the lower level service corridor. Enter the shelter area through the lower level service corridor door located near the elevator lobby.

McElroy Residence Community The shelter area is the McElroy F Hall laundry room and the lower level service corridor under the McElroy Community. Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the lower level of the McElroy Community.

Margaret R. Preska Community (I Hall, Floors 1-4) The shelter area is the McElroy F Hall laundry room and the lower level service corridor under the McElroy Community.  Enter the shelter area through the stairs leading to the lower level of the McElroy Commnity OR the Preska Community lower level service corridor.  Enter the shelter area through the marked stairways.

Margaret R. Preska Community (J, K and L Halls, Floors 2-4) The shelter areas are the restrooms located within suites

Margaret R. Preska Community (Common Areas) The shelter area is in the lower level service corridors. Enter the shelter area through the marked stairways.

Stadium Heights Residence Community The shelter areas are the restrooms located within each apartment.