The University Police Department coordinates with the Calhoun County EMA and the National Weather Service to monitor severe weather events. JSU Alerts may be sent based on the information obtained.A. Tornado Watch
Tornado Watches are declared whenever conditions exist that are favorable to the development of tornados. Keep tuned to your radio, if available, or other media sources. If the area come under a tornado watch, the University Police Department will send JSU Alerts as appropriate. Leone Cole Auditorium or other designated areas will be made available for cover.
B. Tornado Warning
Tornado Warnings are issued when a tornado has been sighted in the Calhoun County area. This policy's effectiveness in reducing the possibility of personal injury relies in part on cooperation when a tornado warning is issued.
- EMA sirens may sound a steady signal for two to three minutes.
- Building occupants should move to an appropriate area of the building in which they are located. Personnel should move to an interior area of a lower floor. Stay away from windows and exterior walls.
- Tune to your local media sources for updates.
- JSU Alerts will be sent as appropriate.
C. Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a thunderstorm containing winds in excess of 58 miles per hour or hail in excess of 3/4 inches has been detected moving through the area. During a severe thunderstorm, persons are encouraged to seek shelter indoors.