Severe Weather/Tornado

Weather Watch

  • Severe Weather/Tornado Watch: A watch is an indication of where and when the probabilities are highest that severe weather or a tornado could occur. A watch is a statement that severe weather/tornado conditions are present and could occur. The National Weather Service will issue a watch bulletin to local authorities as will as to the local radio and TV stations.
  • Severe Weather/Tornado Warning: When a severe weather/tornado sighting occurs, the National Weather Service alerts all weather stations and local authorities, including UW-Stout campus police. If severe weather or a tornado is approaching, the warning will be signaled by a continuous sounding of emergency sirens.

In the event of severe weather:

When the emergency warning sirens sound, it is YOUR responsibility to get to shelter. Take a battery operated radio with you to listen for the "all clear" signal. The department of Security and Police Services, if time permits, may telephone the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Residence Life Director, and Computing Center Director. These offices will in turn notify their subordinates. The campus police may also announce the warning via car loudspeakers. When the emergency sirens are sounded, all persons should immediately seek shelter in the nearest strong building. Go to the basement or interior walls of lower floors. Auditoriums, gymnasiums and similar large rooms with wide roofs should be avoided. Stay away from all windows and exterior doors.

Note: City of Menomonie emergency sirens are sounded at 10:00 a.m. on the first Monday of each month during the months of May through September.