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Inclement Weather

All University offices will remain in operation and continue classes and regular services despite adverse weather conditions that may affect transportation and utilities. The continuation of all essential activities is important to meeting the needs of our students, especially for the students that reside on campus. While emergency closings are rare, all University employees are required to report to work, even in times of inclement weather conditions, unless the University has officially announced a closure. In reaching a decision concerning the possibility of a delay or closing during the day, careful attention is given to the expected intensity and duration of the situation.

Reasons to Close

The decision to close the University is based on analysis of current conditions by the National Weather Service, local weather outlets and information provided to University officials by city, county and state entities on road conditions. Additionally, an assessment of on-campus conditions is provided to University administrators by campus police patrols and physical plant personnel.
Occasionally personnel at Ft. Campbell initiate an emergency closing of the base, thus closing the APSU at Ft. Campbell campus while APSU’s main campus may remain open. If the University decides to close the main campus, APSU at Ft. Campbell will close even when Army officials decide to keep the military base open.

Decision Responsibility

A decision to close the University is made only by the Provost. The decision is based on information received from the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Director of Public Safety who constantly monitors and receives updated information from the National Weather Service, local weather outlets, city, county and state and physical plant personnel.

Notifications

A delay in opening or a closing after an overnight storm will be announced by a phone recording on the main campus line (931) 221-7011, posting at www.apsu.edu, through APSU Alert text messaging system and area radio and television stations. Only the Public Relations and Marketing personnel are authorized to post emergency messages about closures or schedule changes, after being notified by the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration or the Campus Police Chief.

If a decision is made to close campus during the day (an early closure), the information will be disseminated using the same methods above. Also, campus office will be notified by a pre-recorded phone callout message to each department phone.

Austin Peay at Ft. Campbell may be closed due to the Army base closing even though the main campus may continue a normal schedule. If Austin Peay’s main campus closes, then Austin Peay at Ft. Campbell is closed as well.

Radio and television stations include:

Television (Nashville/Clarksville)

  • Channel 2 (WKRN)
  • Channel 3 (WKAG)
  • Channel 4 (WSMV)
  • Channel 5 (WTVF)
  • Channel 17 (WZTV – FOX)

Radio AM

  • 1400 (WJZM)
  • 650 (WSM)
  • 1510 (WLAC)
  • 1370 (WJMR)
  • 540 (WDXN)
  • 1230 (WHOP
  • 1480 (WHVO)
  • 1070 (WEKT)

Radio FM

  • 95.5 (WSM)
  • 98.7 (WHOP)
  • 89.3 (WNKJ)
  • 101.1 (WJZC)
  • 102.5 (WPRT)
  • 102.9 (WBUZ)
  • 105.9 (WNRQ)
  • 107.5 (WRVW)
  • 107.9 (WCVQ)

** Radio and television stations have limitations on the information that can be posted. For the most up-to-date information check the Web site or call the main campus line for detailed information. For immediate notification, sign up for APSU Alert.

 

Imminent threats (tornado warnings, chemical releases and similar threats to campus safety)

Imminent threats are defined as natural or man-made events that occur with little or no warning and pose a threat to the health and safety of the campus community. Such threats include tornado warnings, chemical releases, severe thunderstorm warnings, assailant on campus and similar events. The most common of these events are tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings.

In the event of an imminent threat to campus, campus police will alert students, faculty and staff using the campus siren warning system and APSU Alert text-messaging system. However, APSU Alert text messaging is not used for notification of severe thunderstorm warnings. For details on types of siren warnings, please refer to the information below.

In situations of long-term impact resulting from imminent threats, such as the aftermath of a tornado, updates will be provided through the same means listed above in "Notifications."

Miscellaneous Information

The University has several employees and students commuting from outside the Montgomery County where weather conditions can be drastically different. With that in mind it is up to individuals to use their own judgment for commuting to campus when the weather may be hazardous in the area in which you reside. However, unless the campus officially closes, employees will be required to take appropriate leave if they decide to not report to work or leave early due to weather or dangerous conditions that may prohibit travel in the area in which they reside. Pay decisions for employees who continue to work after closure or employees who reside and commute from outside Montgomery County will be communicated by the Director of Human Resources so that the practices are done in a consistent and fair manner.

Austin Peay Emergency Warning System

Sirens will wail at 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month as Austin Peay conducts its test of the emergency system designed to warn the campus of imminent dangers.

The three siren locations on campus are Governors Stadium, Emerald Hill Apartments and the McReynolds Building. The system will be tested the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. unless there are storm warnings or impending severe weather in the Montgomery County area. The siren will sound for only 30 seconds. The sound is an uninterrupted high-pitched tone.

The Austin Peay emergency warning system, which delivers a "wail tone" for three minutes, is activated only during the monthly tests and when the institution is notified of imminent danger. The outdoor warning system may be difficult to hear inside a building.

Voice Messages

  • 1 (A): "Attention! This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test."
  • 2 (B): "Attention! A tornado warning is in effect. Seek shelter now. I repeat, a tornado warning is in effect. Seek shelter now."
  • 3 (C): "Attention! There has been a chemical release in the area. Go inside, close all windows and doors, turn off all heating and air conditioning. There has been a chemical release in this area. Seek shelter now."
  • 4 (D): "Attention! A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued. Seek shelter now. All outdoor recreational functions are canceled."
  • 5 (E): "Attention! Stand by for an emergency announcement. Stop all traffic; stand by for emergency information."
  • 6 (F): "Attention! Stand by for a list of shelter and first aid stations. Attention, stand by for locations of shelter and first aid stations."
  • 7 (G): "Attention! The emergency is over. Resume your regular activities. I repeat, the emergency is over."

1. Monthly Audible Test

Sequence: Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Wail Tone (3 minutes), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

2. Tornado Warning

Sequence: Wail Tone (3 minutes), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Wail Tone (3 minutes), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

3. Chemical Release

Sequence: Hi-Low Tone (60 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Hi-Low Tone (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

4. Thunderstorm Warning

Sequence: Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

5. Emergency Announcement

Sequence: Hi-Low Tone (60 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Hi-Low Tone (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Public Address (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

6. Emergency Shelter Information

Sequence: Hi-Low Tone (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Hi-Low Tone (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Public Address (60 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)

7. Emergency Over/All Clear

Sequence: Hi-Low Tone (60 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice Message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Hi-Low Tone (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds), Voice message (30 seconds), Clear (5 seconds)