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MTSU continues ‘first Monday’ tornado-siren test schedule for 2020-21

MTSU will continue its “first Monday” tornadosiren testing schedule for the 2020-21 academic year after changing the plan in 2019 to make it more convenient for the university community.

MTSU tests its tornado sirens on campus and at the Miller Coliseum Complex each month to ensure their proper operation. Each test lasts only a few moments, and safety actions aren’t required.

"In Case of Tornado" graphicBeginning Monday, Sept. 7, the MTSU Police Department will resume testing the siren system on the first Monday of each month at 11:20 a.m.

The day and time were chosen to help reduce distractions for classes and community neighbors.

The university will continue to notify the campus community before these monthly tests via social media, emails and posts at MTSUNews.com.

When the test date falls on a university holiday, like this first one of the new academic year, the department will conduct the test as scheduled.

MTSU’s campus community can prepare for emergency weather anytime by checking the university’s list of recommended shelter sites, tornado preparation suggestions and frequently asked questions at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUTornadoShelters.

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 alerts can visit http://mtsunews.com/weather and use the “click here and log in” link to make those notification changes.

MTSU’s summer 2020 commencement is set Saturday, Aug. 8. It will be the university’s second “virtual” ceremony, accommodating safety measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the ongoing pandemic.

MTSU’s fall 2020 semester, which will be a mix of remote-learning and in-person classes, begins Monday, Aug. 24. University Provost Mark Byrnes explains our learning plan at https://youtu.be/0gZJDWP_rDQ.

MTSU 2020-21 Academic Year Schedule for Tornado-Siren Testing

Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, 11:20 a.m. (canceled)
• Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, March 1, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, April 5, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, May 3, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, June 7, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
• Monday, July 5, 2021, 11:20 a.m.

Note: Inclement weather at scheduled test times may cause the test to be canceled.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

An EF4 tornado approaches Marquette, Kansas, in this April 14, 2012, National Weather Service file photo, when several violent tornadoes touched down across Kansas. MTSU tests its campus tornado siren system on the first Monday of every month to ensure it can warn the campus community when needed. (File photo courtesy of National Weather Service)

An EF4 tornado approaches Marquette, Kansas, in this April 14, 2012, National Weather Service file photo, when several violent tornadoes touched down across Kansas. MTSU tests its campus tornado siren system on the first Monday of every month to ensure it can warn the campus community when needed. (File photo courtesy of National Weather Service)


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