Severe Weather

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, or cellular phone with emergency alert notification 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 radio: KYSM 1230, KTOE 1420;
    • FM radio: KMSU 89.7, KXLP 94.1, KDOG 96.7, KEEZ 99.1, KYSM 103.5;
    • Television: WCCO ch. 4, KEYC ch. 12 (10 on cable), KARE ch. 11, KSTP ch 5, and KMSP ch 9, to find out if the weather has caused a cancellation of Minnesota State University, Mankato classes
    • Public warning signal NOAA Weather Radio, or cell phone weather applications.

Watch vs. Warning

What does it mean?

Warning Watch Advisory Outlook
Weather hazard is occurring, imminent or likely Risk of weather hazard in the near future Weather hazard is occurring, imminent or likely Risk of weather hazard in the next 7 days
Poses a threat to life/property Could pose a threat to life/property Could cause significant inconvenience Could pose a threat to life/property
Take Protective Action Have a Plan of Action Use Caution Prepare a plan of Action

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 1pm
  • 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!

Tornado Warning Action:

React - you don’t need to see the tornado

  • Remain calm.
  • Seek indoor shelter in the lowest level possible, in an interior room or hallway. Think “down and in”.
  • Avoid elevators, windows, doors, and large free landing structures like auditoriums and cafeterias.
  • Crouch near the floor or under heavy, wall-supported objects.
  • Dover your head with your hands and arms. Watch out for flying debris.

Weather Links

Campus Tornado Shelter Locations

Preparedness Guide: Severe Weather

MN DOT 511 Road Conditions