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Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A tornado or severe thunderstorm "watch" means that severe weather is possible, but not imminent. Proceed with normal activity, but continue to monitor weather-related reports. Listen to the local radio stations (WKMS, WRKY) and for the Murray State University warning sirens to sound.

Tornado Warning

A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted in the area. Murray State University's outdoor warning sirens will be sounded. If a warning (wavering tone) is issued, proceed as follows:

  1. Notify all building occupants.
  2. Seek shelter in a designated safe haven immediately. Basements and small interior hallways or rooms of lower floors with no glass provide the best shelter.  If you have to evacuate using a stairwell filled with glass hazards it may be best to shelter in an interior hallway on that floor.
  3. Do not remain in a vehicle. Seek shelter in a sturdy building. In cases where no obvious shelter is available, a ditch or ravine will provide some protection.
  4. After danger has passed, (solid tone indicates "all clear"), immediately report all injuries to MSU Police at 911 or 2222. Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Type of emergency
    • Location of injured
    • Condition of the injured
    • Any dangerous conditions
  5. Leave a damaged building immediately and do not attempt to return unless given permission by the building emergency coordinator or MSU Police personnel. Report to the designated meeting area and account for all occupants.
  6. Do no attempt to turn utilities or equipment on or off. Call Facilities Management at 4291.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

If a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect, be prepared to move to a designated safe haven in the event that the "watch" is upgraded to a "warning". If a warning is issued, proceed as follows:

  1. Notify other building occupants of the warning.
  2. Stay indoors and away from windows until the warning has expired.
  3. Report any injuries to MSU Police at 911. If there is no answer, or if the line is busy, call 2222. Be prepared to give the following information:
    • Building name
    • Building location
    • Type of emergency
    • Condition of the injured
    • Any dangerous conditions

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