Hazardous weather can occur at any time of the year. During the winter, the potential for icing, heavy snowfall, and power outages exist even in Las Cruces, New Mexico. During the spring, high winds are common. In the summer, extreme heat, thunderstorms, flashfloods, and tornados are all possible. In the fall, the potential for thunderstorms and hail are still high.
To help the campus community prepare for hazardous weather, NMSU has taken a number of steps. The first measure is to become a Storm Ready university, one of less than 50 in the nation. This shows the dedication of the university in helping the community be aware of, and prepared for, hazardous weather.
The NMSU Emergency Dispatch Center monitors weather information from the National Weather Service and other sources continually. If hazardous weather warnings and watches are issued, the dispatchers help determine the potential impact to NMSU and put out warnings as appropriate.
In most cases, seasonal warning information is distributed by NMSU Police once or twice in order to help people prepare for the upcoming season. Then, as severe warnings and watches are issued, additional notices are distributed as appropriate to the campus community. In the event of immediately life-threatening warnings (such as a tornado), NMSU may also activate the Emergency Notification System and the outdoor sirens.