Winter Storm (snow/ice)


Winter storms can range from moderate to heavy snow to blizzard conditions. Winter storms may be accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet, and freezing rain. Road conditions may impede or prohibit vehicle movement. Winter storms can result in closed highways, blocked roads, and downed power lines. Exposure may result in frostbite or hypothermia.

Winter storm communications

The University will monitor weather conditions. If warranted, classes may be cancelled, and the campus closed. Information regarding cancellation of classes or closing of the campus will be shared by text messaging and/or email. No notification of a change in schedule means the University will operate as usual. Decisions about whether or not to maintain the University’s normal schedule in the event of a winter storm will be made by the deans for the affected campus, in conjunction with the director of facilities. Campus security will advise the campus community of any closures by email and text message. The President’s Office is responsible to advise local media of changes to the University’s schedule due to a winter storm.

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 and maintains a listing of third party sources that can deliver email and SMS weather alerts to individual subscribers’ smartphone and electronic devices. Visit 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 – manmade 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