Possible severe weather predicted for Thursday; take steps to prepare


Update 1:02 p.m.: According to the National Weather Service, the threat of severe weather has passed; but you should continue to monitor the weather:

Update 12:33 p.m.: The Vanderbilt area is under a significant weather advisory; please monitor the weather at

The National Weather Service is predicting possible severe weather, including possible isolated tornados, for Thursday, April 11, in the Nashville area from approximately 8 a.m. until late afternoon. Should the storms pose an imminent threat to campus, AlertVU will be activated, as will the university’s siren system, and emergency alerts will be posted on the university homepage.

Please keep your cell phone on or near you throughout the day to ensure you receive alerts should they be issued. Update your contact information in AlertVU if you have not already done so.

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 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. The Metro sirens use a “wail-type” sound.

Make yourself familiar with the storm-safe areas in the buildings where you will be during the day and take all necessary precautions to protect your safety and that of those around you.