Severe Weather

Jacksonville State University maintains contact with local and state emergency management agencies, as well as the National Weather Service.

Upon receipt of a tornado watch or other emergencies, the JSU Alert System will be activated and the nature of the emergency will be given. Tune to your local media sources for detailed information and appropriate safety measures.

Upon receipt of a tornado warning, the outdoor warning sirens should be activated by the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency.

The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency tests the outdoor tornado sirens the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 PM unless there is a threat of severe weather that day.


WATCH: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather in the Jacksonville area. Everyone should closely monitor the situation in case it gets worse.

WARNING: Severe weather has actually been observed, and there is an imminent threat to the Jacksonville area. Listen closely to instructions provided by weather radios/emergency officials.

THUNDERSTORMS: Frequently have high winds, cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rain, and tornados.

In Case of Lightning:

  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck.
  • Go to a safe shelter immediately.

In the Event of Severe Weather:

  • If you hear the weather siren or radio alerts for tornado warning, take shelter immediately in designated shelter locations. Leone Cole Auditorium and the basement of Salls Hall are cover areas for those who are not in residence halls or academic buildings on campus. If you are in a residence hall or academic building, go to the lowest available floor away from windows.
  • Sirens mean that there is a TORNADO WARNING, and you should seek shelter immediately.
  • If you reside in campus mobile home, do not stay. Seek shelter in a designated area as assigned by University Housing.
  • Stay away from windows and doors to prevent injury from glass or other flying objects.
  • Cover your head with any heavy/bulky object to protect yourself.
  • Do not go outdoors to see the storm. Trained storm spotters will be monitoring the situation.
  • If you are in a vehicle, seek shelter in a building, ditch, or other safe place. Automobiles are very dangerous during high winds.
  • If flood water rises, do not attempt to wade or travel through it. Even small amounts of water can be very dangerous.
  • Report any injury/damage to the JSU Police Department at 256-782-5050 or 911. Provide them with as much information as possible to respond to the emergency.
  • Once the storm has cleared, notify JSU Police Department at 256-782-5050 or 911 of any damages or injuries.

Last Updated: 2019