A-State more prepared for severe weather

A-State more prepared for severe weather

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A-State administrators are stepping up to ensure its faculty, staff and students are as safe as possible.

Arkansas State University is the first higher education in the state to become a weather-ready nation ambassador.

This means they will now have a closer dialogue with the National Weather Service during severe or wintry weather.

University Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator Jon Carvell said they will be alerting students via email and text messaging every time an alert is issued from the National Weather Service.

"Let folks be as informed as possible and help them prepare for whatever it might be," Carvell said. "You know last June, a lot of us in the community know what kind of damage a straight-line wind storm can do."

A-State received damage from straight-line winds in 2014.

Carvell said they are not stopping at the certification thought.

They have additional things planned for the future to help with safety.

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