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Offices & Services > Campus Safety > Community Notifications

Severe Weather


John Schlaf

Director of Campus Safety

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Severe Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Watch:Severe storms are POSSIBLE. Continue with normal activity but continue to monitor the circumstances.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms are OCCURRING. Prepare to move to a place of shelter if threatening weather approaches. Monitor local television/radio stations for storm up-dates.

Tornado Watch: Tornados are POSSIBLE. Monitor local television/radio stations and be prepared to take shelter.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar within the warning area specified. Persons in the path of the storm should seek immediate shelter. Turn on battery operated radios to monitor the storm situation and wait for the "all clear" or end of the warning period to be announced.

Important Note: The tornado warning sirens are manually activated from the Galesburg Public Safety Building Duty Office and will ONLY be sounded in the event that a tornado has been observed by a trained weather spotter and/or the National Weather Service Doppler radar has indicated "rotation" in a storm in the Galesburg area.

Shelter Information: Seek shelter in a basement or inside hallway at the lowest level. Stay away from windows, outside doors and corners. Avoid areas with "wide span" roofs such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, cafeterias and large hallways. If outdoors get to a substantial building. If there are no buildings available lie in a ditch, culvert, or low-lying area until the storm has passed.

As a reminder: There will be NO "all clear" message sounded through the siren system. It is recommended that community members should monitor local media sources or a weather radio during any storm to confirm when the storm threat has expired.

Snow Emergency

The City of Galesburg may issue a snow emergency when two inches of snow have accumulated and it continues to snow. During such declarations the city ordinance requires that vehicles be moved from all city streets to permit the streets to be plowed.

Vehicles not moved to College parking lots or other off-street parking areas will be subject to City Snow Emergency Citations ($50), towing (estimated at $75) and subsequent storage fees ($25 per day). Vehicles may be returned to the street (if necessary) after both sides of the street have been plowed.

Throughout the year the campus community is encouraged to monitor local radio/television stations to maintain current on rapidly changing weather conditions during the approach of severe weather. The National Weather Service (NWS)/NOAA early warning radio system may also be helpful to monitor weather watches and warnings within the Knox County area.

Additionally, Campus Safety staff and duty officers, members of the Student Life and Student Development offices, as well as various faculty and staff members within various build locations have been provided access to a "Weather Call" warning system for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The Weather Call System has been designed to issue a cellular, text, and e-mail notification and a live link to NWS Service radar to persons within those groups. The Weather Call System sends the notification whenever a weather warning box/polygon has been issued by the NWS and when some portion of the warning box has touched within a 10 mile circle of Knox College; the center of the circle has been established as "Old Main."

The Weather Call System has added one additional warning opportunity for Community Members in addition to the existing warning options available: local media, Public Address (PA) announcement and the Storm Warning Siren (located on the South side of the Campus). The Weather Call System has provided timely weather information to persons who can, as the conditions deem necessary, provide up to date information regarding approaching storms and to aid/encourage persons seeking shelters.