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MTSU kicks off 2021 with regular ‘first Mond...

MTSU kicks off 2021 with regular ‘first Monday’ campus tornado-siren test Jan. 4

MTSU plans to test its tornado sirens on campus and at the Miller Coliseum Complex Monday, Jan. 4, at 11:20 a.m.

The test, conducted by the University Police Department, is a brief, routine dry run for the MTSU system. No safety actions are necessary.

MTSU notifies the campus and surrounding neighborhoods before each siren test. The university uses a “first Monday” monthly tornado-siren testing schedule to minimize distractions for the campus and its neighbors.

Under the plan, even if a siren test date falls on a university holiday, the department will still conduct the scheduled test. MTSU cancels tornado-siren testing if inclement weather is in the area at test time, however.

Members of the campus community can prepare for emergency weather by checking MTSU’s list of recommended shelters at The complete siren-testing schedule also is available at

Remember: When there’s a weather emergency, all students, faculty and staff automatically receive a Rave alert at their MTSU email addresses.

MTSU community members who also want text and/or voice notifications can use the “click here and log in” link at to begin those alerts.

— Gina E. Fann (