On Thursday, April 24, 2014, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1:00pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45pm a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging.
While you may hear the sirens sounding, be advised that MSOE students, faculty and staff will not be evacuating to designated building tornado shelter areas for this mock tornado warning. As a reminder, in September (2nd week of classes) we will once again be conducting full building evacuation drills for all campus buildings. More information regarding these full building evacuation drills will provided during the 1st and 2nd weeks of the fall academic quarter.
Tornado Awareness Tips
Have a Plan at Home, at Work, and When You’re Away
Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives.
1. In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement,
and get under a sturdy table or the stairs. A specially-constructed “safe room”
within a building offers the best protection. Search on the internet for “safe
room” for more information.
2. If a basement is not available, move to a small interior room on the lowest floor and cover
yourself with anything close at hand: towels, blankets, pillows. If possible, get under a sturdy
table, desk or counter. Put as many walls as possible between you and the storm. Stay away
3. If caught outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to shelter, get
into a vehicle, buckle your seatbelt and drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If flying debris occurs
while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have two options as a last resort:
- Stay in the vehicle with the seatbelt on and place your head below the windows.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the roadway, exit the vehicle and lie in that
area, covering your head with your hands. Do not seek shelter under an overpass.
4. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. You should leave a
mobile home and go to the designated storm shelter or the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby
5. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather information. A NOAA Weather Radio,
access to local TV, and smart phone apps can keep you informed when severe weather threatens.
William P. Fadrowski
Director of Public Safety
Milwaukee School of Engineering