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MTSU plans to continue ‘1st Monday’ tornado-siren testing for 2021-22 academic year

MTSU will continue its “first Monday” tornado siren testing schedule during the upcoming 2021-22 academic year to help keep the university community safer.

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

"In Case of Tornado" graphicBeginning Monday, Aug. 2, the MTSU Police Department will continue testing the siren system on the first Monday of each month at 11:20 a.m. Central. This schedule is intended to reduce distractions for classes and community neighbors.

The final tornado-siren test of the 2020-21 academic year is planned for Monday, July 5, at 11:20 a.m., barring inclement weather.

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

Inclement weather may force the cancellation of some of the monthly tests, however.

If a test date falls on a university holiday, the department will conduct the test at its scheduled time. The exception in the new academic year will be Monday, July 4, 2022, when no test will be conducted.

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 MTSU students, faculty and staff automatically receive a Rave Mobile Safety alert at their university email addresses.

MTSU community members who also want text and/or voice alerts can choose those notifications at the red “click here and log in” link at http://mtsunews.com/weather.

MTSU’s summer 2021 commencement is set Saturday, Aug. 7, in Murphy Center and is open to the public.

MTSU’s fall 2021 semester, when the campus plans to return to its us in-person courses and events, begins Monday, Aug. 24.

MTSU 2021-22 Academic Year Schedule for Tornado-Siren Testing

(All tests will be held at 11:20 a.m. Central.)

• Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.
• Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.
• Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
• Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.
• Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.
• Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
• Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.
• Monday, March 7, 2022.
• Monday, April 4, 2022.
• Monday, May 2, 2022.
• Monday, June 6, 2022.
• Monday, July 4, 2022: no testing.

For more information about MTSU’s plan when weather affects class schedules and university events, visit http://mtsunews.com/weather.

— 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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