Severe weather awareness week: MCC’s emergency alert system and WeatherBug cameras

March has roared in with a vengeance this year, with several tornadoes causing significant damage in the Kansas City area on Monday, March 6.

In light of the devastating storms and the timeliness of it being Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 5-11), Metropolitan Community College would like to remind students, employees and college patrons about its emergency alert program.

MCC emergency alerts go out through texts, emails, and announcements on mcckc.edu and the myMCCKC portal, as well as on MCC’s main Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Here is the link — MCC emergency alert — to check your status or to sign up for our alert program.

The MCC Police Department monitors weather conditions via weather radios and local programming, and will inform MCC employees and students when severe weather watches and warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service.

A reminder that MCC’s safe rooms, completed in 2008 with the help of a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are located on each campus. Each facility, designed to protect people in the event of a tornado or other severe weather event, is built to withstand winds up to 250 mph.

MCC’s safe rooms:

  • MCC-Blue River: Arts and Sciences building
  • MCC-Business and Technology: Conference Annex
  • MCC-Longview: Cultural Arts Center
  • MCC-Maple Woods: Campus Center
  • MCC-Penn Valley: Education Center (also serves the Administrative Center)

MCC routinely conducts tornado drills collegewide as part of our commitment to safety and public awareness.

For a link to floor plans of MCC’s safe rooms,  click here.

For a complete review of MCC’s severe weather plan,  click here.

A new resource to monitor weather conditions at MCC was added in Fall 2016, with real-time WeatherBug cameras placed on all five campuses in partnership with WDAF, Fox 4.  To view the latest camera images, visit MCC weather cameras.