Severe Weather Tests & Training

Missouri State University will participate in the Annual Statewide Severe Weather Exercise for the State of Missouri on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. beginning with the sounding of City and University storm sirens.

The exercise should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Specific questions about your building should be directed to that building coordinator. For classes or labs that cannot be interrupted to participate in the drill, we ask instructors to pause at 10:00 a.m. when the exercise begins and review the class through the procedures they are to follow in the event of an actual tornado. Resume normal class activities following that verbal review.

The Severe Weather Warning sirens are tested once each month along with the City of Springfield in cooperation with the Greene County Emergency Management Office.  This exercise is normally conducted on the second Wednesday of each month unless it is cancelled due to inclement weather; then the exercise is postponed to the following Wednesday.

The State of Missouri conducts an annual statewide severe weather exercise in March.  The exercise date will be announced by the State Emergency Management Agency in Jefferson City, MO in mid-February.  All Missouri State University campuses participate in this exercise. In preparation of these annual drills the Department of Safety and Transportation encourages all members of the campus community to review the Emergency Response Plan for specific instructions on what you should do. You should also be familiar with the Shelter Locations for the campus buildings where you work or have classes. It is important to stay up to date on what to do as these types of situations develop quickly and often have minimal advance warning. For additional information, please contact the University Emergency Manager at 417-836-8444.

During the exercise, Building Coordinators will monitor the buildings to confirm participation.

Severe Weather Exercises Frequently Asked Questions

The severe weather survey will be available on this page beginning at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 through 11:00 PM Wednesday,  March 16th, 2017.

Statewide severe exercise drill survey

The Annual Statewide Severe Weather Exercise for 2017 will be conducted for the State of Missouri on Thursday, March 7th at 10:00am. These tests are mandated by the state.

Note: If you have any questions, please call 417-836-5509.

Did you participate in this exercise?
Did you and subordinate(s) move to a designated place of safety?
Did others join your group?
How long did it take to evacuate to safety?
Were you able to account for everyone under your immediate supervision?
How did you account for all those going to shelter? (Check all that apply)
Was your designated place of safety ___________?
Approximately how many people were in your designated shelter area?
Do you consider your shelter suitable for _____________?
Do you have a weather alert radio at your location?
If you have a weather alert radio, did it activate during this exercise?
How did you become aware of this exercise? (Check all that apply.)
How did you receive notice of today's activation of this exercise?
Could you hear the outdoor sirens?
Do you make notifications from a notification list?
How were your notifications made?
Were your notifications completed?
Do you feel the exercise was beneficial?
Did the exercise help you realize the potential dangers for the loss of life?
Had this been an actual warning, would you have known exactly what to do?
Were students excused for the duration of the exercise?
Did you take time to discuss the Academic and/or Residence Life emergency procedures with your students, faculty, or staff prior to today's exercise?
Did those under your immediate command complete the exercise?
What do you feel would be a proper amount of advanced notice for this type of exercise?
Did you complete a walk-through scenario prior to today's exercise?
Do you feel you and your staff are prepared for a real emergency such as a tornado warning?
During the evacuation process, did you or your designees check offices, classrooms, and restrooms?
Are you a subscriber to the Missouri State Alert System?
How would you rate YOUR PART of this exercise?

Overall, how would you rate today's exercise?

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