We at Texas A&M University-Commerce take the safety of our students very seriously. To protect our students from weather related dangers, we have implemented several warning systems to alert our faculty, staff and students when there is a danger of lightning strikes or severe weather.
ThorGuard: This outdoor warning system alerts members of our campus community when there is a 20% chance of a lightening strike within 2 miles of our campus. Whenever the system detects the likelihood of lightning, it will sound a 'Red Alert'. This is an air horn blast that is 15 seconds in length. Click here to listen to a sample. When conditions are deemed safe by ThorGuard, the 'All Clear' will sound. The All Clear consists of 3 air horn blasts of 5 second lengths. Click here to listen to a sample.
Outdoor Warning: This outdoor warning system was installed to alert citizens of Commerce and the campus community when a severe weather warning such as Tornado, 70Mph or greater winds, or golf ball sized hail. It is manually activated by either the University Police, or Commerce Police. Its warning sound is a loud siren sound. Click here for a sample. The outdoor warning system does not have an all clear signal.
It is very important to note that this is an outdoor warning system only. It is recommended that everyone purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for monitoring indoors.