Flood/Severe Rain


A flood is large amount of water overflowing its normal confines, especially over what is normally dry land. Floods may be caused by a variety of factors, including a sudden accumulation of rain, rising rivers, tidal surges, ice jams, and dam failures. Flash floods are sudden, destructive local floods of short duration resulting from heavy rains.

Watches and warnings
  • A flood watch indicates flooding is possible. Monitor radio and television for more information.
  • A flood warning indicates an imminent threat. Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • A flash flood watch indicates flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground. Monitor radio and television for more information.
  • A flash flood warning indicates an imminent threat. A flash flood is occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher ground immediately.
Walking and driving during flood conditions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood waters. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. Six inches of water is enough to stall some cars. A foot of moving water can float a vehicle, and two feet of moving water is enough to sweep away most vehicles. It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters. Do not try to cross flooded roadways if you do not know the depth of the water.

Other precautions
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if ground is wet.
  • Stay well clear of downed or damaged power lines.
  • When removing trees and debris, use only power equipment built to be used outdoors and in wet conditions.
  • Gasoline and diesel powered generators, pumps, and pressure washers release carbon monoxide, a deadly colorless, odorless gas. These devices must be operated out of doors and never inside confined spaces.
Prior to an emergency
  • ATSU is committed to protecting students, faculty, staff, and guests from all types of hazardous weather including, but not limited to, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, extreme heat, and winter weather. ATSU encourages all students, faculty, staff, and guests to be aware of changing weather and prepared to take appropriate safety precautions, as needed, for their specific location.
  • The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through weather.gov and maintains a listing of third-party sources that can deliver email and SMS weather alerts to individual subscribers’ smartphone and electronic devices. Visit weather.gov for additional information.
  • Since 2012, most cell phones are equipped with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which are free, text-like notifications that inform their subscribers of a dangerous situation – man made or natural disasters – where you happen to be. In 90-characters or less, WEA states who is sending the alert, what is happening, whom is affected, and what action to take.

Kirksville and Mesa Emergency Numbers


Security Emergency and non-emergency 
(On Campus) ext. 33
(Off Campus) 1-660-349-9513

Kirksville Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 9-911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911


Security Office: *7 from any campus phone
Switchboard : 0 
Security Phone: 480-341-9075

Security *Emergencies Only*
(On Campus) *7 from any campus phone

Mesa Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911