Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Emergencies can happen when you least expect it. New Mexico State University is committed to the safety of those who come to our campus to study, work or visit. This site has been developed in order to provide our NMSU community with a quick reference guide to prepare for emergencies.
There are a number of potential emergency situations that might occur. These include natural disasters (such as floods, tornados, earthquakes, extreme heat or cold, lightning, disease, outbreaks, etc.) and manmade incidents (including traffic accidents, hazardous chemical releases, downed electrical lines, collapsed bridges, criminal activity, terrorism, arson, etc.)
It is important to be informed about different emergencies that can happen and to have a plan. This site contains some tools to help you become better prepared in case of an emergency.
In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Notification System will provide messages via phone, text and email. All students, faculty and staff can manage their own contact information and choose the contact methods they prefer.
Signing up for NMSU alerts allows you to receive information regarding a crisis.
NMSU's Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System Siren
NMSU's Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System sirens are part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather emergencies at the Las Cruces campus. These Outdoor Sever Weather Warning System sirens will only be used for weather-related emergencies - primarily tornado warnings.The university's Outdoor Severe Weather Warning Systems are activated for one-minute blasts on the first Wednesday of each month as a test to ensure they are functioning properly. Two pole-mounted sirens, which sound the severe weather warnings, are located on the eastern and western ends of campus. The Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System is part of the university's emergency system and will be used to communicate weather-related emergencies for individuals who are located outside a building. NMSU is in the process of becoming certified as a StormReady university -- the 44th in the United States and the first in southern New Mexico. Siren FAQ
In an emergency, the Outdoor Severe Weather Warning System sirens alert members of the Las Cruces campus and surrounding community who are outside of a building to immediately seek shelter and once they are safe to check the website or local news for additional information. If employees or students are registered with the Emergency Notification System, they may choose to receive emergency notification information via email, voice mail or text messaging service.
In an Emergency
During an emergency situation on campus, NMSU's main web site may convert to a low bandwidth version, free of graphics to ease transmission and server load. The emergency site will be updated frequently and provide the primary mode of communication.