The United States averages 70 deaths per year from tornadoes.
On March 6, Missouri State University will participate in a statewide tornado drill. This drill, part of a coordinated effort to enhance campus safety, will simulate emergency procedures in severe weather.
The Missouri State University Alert system will be activated at 11 a.m., March 6, across all communication channels.
In a tornado watch
During a real emergency, if Greene County is placed under a tornado watch, here’s what you should do:
- Don’t panic. A tornado watch means that a tornado could form in or near the watch area. It does not mean that a tornado has formed.
- Pay attention to the weather and review the university’s emergency action plan for severe weather and tornado procedures.
- Make sure your mobile devices are charged should a storm knock out electricity.
In a tornado warning
If Greene County is placed under a tornado warning it means a tornado has been seen or indicated on weather radar. There is danger to life and property. You should:
- Go to an identified campus storm shelter.
- Move quickly and cooperate with those in charge.
- If you are unsure of the shelter’s location, move to the lowest-level interior room. If you are in a residence hall, follow their severe weather guidelines.
- If you cannot reach shelter, lie flat in a ditch or depression. Avoid areas subject to flooding.
- Stay in the shelter until the warning is over. You will get a Missouri State Alert when the warning expires.
During a tornado warning, all classes and campus events are suspended. Campus shuttles will stop operating, and drivers will direct passengers to take shelter in the nearest building.