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Tornado Watch and Warning

In the event that a Tornado Watch or other severe weather advisory is issued for our area, the following will take place:

  • A JCCC Alert text message and email will be sent to JCCC faculty, students and staff informing them of inclement weather.
  • Building Emergency Leaders (BELs) will be notified.

You should continue with your daily routine; however, you should remain alert to the possibility of severe weather and be prepared to act accordingly.

If a Tornado Warning is issued for our area, the following will happen: 

  • External warning sirens will be activated outdoors along with an internal public address system announcement alerting of the need to take immediate shelter.
  • Other college emergency notification systems will also be activated.
  • Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Notice will be issued to BELs and floor monitors to assist with sheltering.
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You should promptly move to your designated storm security area. If you do not know where your designated storm security area is, refer to the Building Floor Plans and Emergency Information or reference emergency floor plan posters located throughout each building and classroom.

Remain in your designated storm security area until a warning expiration message is issued or announced via the public address system, text and email message.

Note: If the facility is damaged, evacuate the area after the storm passes (following direction of emergency building personnel) and stay clear of the damaged area. Be aware of fallen debris, downed power lines and gas leaks. Report any injuries by calling ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500.

Winter Weather Closings

You can find out if the college is closed because of the weather in one of these ways:

  • The announcement will be posted on the home page of the college’s website.
  • You’ll receive a text message. Students, faculty and staff are automatically signed up for emergency text messages. Reference
  • The announcement will be posted on Twitter (you can follow the college @JCCCTweet) and on the college’s Facebook page.
  • Call the main college number, 913-469-8500, to hear a recorded message.

These TV stations have made arrangements to receive and announce closing notices: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41, KCTV-TV 5 and WDAF-TV 4. Note that it can take a while for an announcement to appear on television so you are encouraged to use one of the other methods as your primary source of information.

Several radio stations also receive and announce notices: KCUR, KMBZ and KCMO. In addition, one station in Lawrence (KLZR) and Kansas Public Radio also communicate weather closings.

If the decision to cancel classes is made during the day, the announcement will also be posted on the digital signs and sent to office computers. Text and email messages also will go out.