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MTSU schedules Oct. 3 campuswide tornado siren tes...

MTSU schedules Oct. 3 campuswide tornado siren test, weather permitting

A tree uprooted by high winds in an electrical storm blocks a city street in this 2010 file image from Pixabay. Middle Tennessee State University tests its tornado siren system on the first Monday of every month at 11:20 a.m. to ensure it’s in working operation if dangerous weather approaches the area. (image by Jan Mallande/Pixabay)

MTSU plans to conduct its monthly tornado siren test on campus and at the Miller Coliseum Complex this Monday, Oct. 3, at 11:20 a.m.

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.

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)

A tree uprooted by high winds in an electrical storm blocks a city street in this 2010 file image from Pixabay. Middle Tennessee State University tests its tornado siren system on the first Monday of every month at 11:20 a.m. to ensure it’s in working operation if dangerous weather approaches the area. (image by Jan Mallande/Pixabay)
A tree uprooted by high winds in an electrical storm blocks a city street in this 2010 file image from Pixabay. Middle Tennessee State University tests its tornado siren system on the first Monday of every month at 11:20 a.m. to ensure it’s working properly when dangerous weather’s in the area. (image by Jan Mallande/Pixabay)

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