April 11, 2013

Potential lingers for severe weather today

The potential for damaging winds and heavy rain remains in the Nashville area until about 2 p.m. today as a strong cold front moves through Middle Tennessee.

The highest threat now lies across the eastern two-thirds of Middle Tennessee.

As storm season blows in, should storms pose an imminent threat to campus, AlertVU will be activated as well as the university's siren system, and emergency alerts will be posted on the university homepage, www.vanderbilt.edu. More information about the university's Severe Weather Warning System is below.

Vanderbilt’s outdoor siren system and AlertVU are activated when there is an imminent threat to Vanderbilt, such as a tornado or an active shooter. Metro Nashville’s sirens, which can be heard from campus, are activated when a tornado warning is issued anywhere in Davidson County—an area covering 526 square miles. It is important that members of the Vanderbilt community know the difference between the Metro sirens and the Vanderbilt sirens. Vanderbilt’s tornado siren sounds a steady tone. Metro Nashville’s sirens use a “wail-type” sound.

It’s a good idea to make yourself familiar with the storm-safe areas in the buildings and take all necessary precautions in the event of a severe storm to protect your safety and that of those around you.

Update your contact information in AlertVU now if you have not already done so.