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Jan. 2 campuswide tornado siren test planned at MT...

Jan. 2 campuswide tornado siren test planned at MTSU

Promo including an April 2006 Adobe Stock Photo of damaged vehicles and downed power lines strewn along Nashville Pike in Gallatin, Tenn., in front of a Nissan dealership in the wake of a deadly tornado outbreak that ultimately killed 10 people, including seven in Gallatin, and injured hundreds more across the Midstate, plus a stylized tornado graphic on an MTSU blue background with a text box reading

MTSU plans to conduct its monthly tornado siren test on campus and at the Miller Coliseum Complex this Monday, Jan. 2, at 11:20 a.m.

Though the university will be closed to mark the New Year’s Day holiday, the test, conducted by the University Police Department, once again is a brief opportunity to ensure MTSU’s outdoor warning system is working as needed. No safety actions are necessary, and no campus activities will be affected.

If there’s hazardous weather near or approaching campus at the scheduled test time, however, the sirens won’t be tested.

MTSU notifies its 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.

stylized B+W tornado graphic on an MTSU blue background with a text box reading "In case of tornado"Under the plan, even if a siren test date falls on a university holiday, the department will conduct the scheduled test.

Members of the campus community can prepare for emergency weather by checking MTSU’s list of recommended shelters at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUTornadoShelters. The complete siren-testing schedule also is available at http://mtsunews.com/tornado-siren-testing.

Remember: When there’s a weather emergency, all students, faculty and staff automatically receive a Rave Mobile Safety alert at their MTSU email addresses. The university’s tornado sirens are intended to alert those who may be outdoors during dangerous weather.

MTSU community members who also want to be notified via text ]and/or voice message from the university’s Rave alert system can use the “click here and log in” link at http://mtsunews.com/weather to begin those alerts.

For status updates on MTSU anytime, visit https://mtsu.edu.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

Damaged vehicles and downed power lines are strewn along Nashville Pike in Gallatin, Tenn., in front of a Nissan dealership in the wake of a deadly tornado outbreak in this April 2006 file image. Nine tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee on April 7, 2006, killing 10 people, including seven in Gallatin, and injuring hundreds more. Around 700 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in Sumner County alone, including several on the Volunteer State Community College campus, located across the street from this car dealership. (Image by Ernest Prim/Adobe Stock Photos)
Damaged vehicles and downed power lines are strewn along Nashville Pike in Gallatin, Tenn., in front of a Nissan dealership in the wake of a deadly tornado outbreak in this April 2006 file image. Nine tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee on April 7, 2006, killing 10 people, including seven in Gallatin, and injuring hundreds more. MTSU will be testing its tornado siren system on the main campus and the Miller Coliseum complex on Monday, Jan. 2, to ensure the outdoor warning system is working as needed. All students, faculty and staff automatically receive a Rave Mobile Safety alert at their MTSU email addresses if a tornado is headed directly toward campus so they can take appropriate safety actions. (File image by Ernest Prim/Adobe Stock Photos)

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