Safety and Security
Students have access to their apartment at all times throughout the academic year. Each resident will be given an apartment key and a key to their individual suite-style room if applicable.
Each apartment unit has appropriate fire protection equipment, including a smoke detector in each room and a general fire alarm system. Smoke detectors are equipped with a tamper-evident seal. If seals are removed or broken, a charge is assessed to the resident(s) of the room.
Apartment staff and emergency facilities management staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to the needs of students. Housing and Dining Services has arranged for a campus police officer to patrol these apartments on a regularly scheduled basis. The area will also be patrolled by the Riley County Police Department.
Students are encouraged to lock their door and carry their room keys and K-State ID card at all times. Learn more about K-State’s health and safety resources.
The city of Manhattan and Riley County have implemented a system of storm warnings to assist citizens in using safety precautions should a tornado occur. Below are suggested procedures to follow if a storm is approaching.
Residents may tune to local radio and television stations for updated weather information, such as: B104.7 FM Country, 94.5 Country FM, 1350 AM News Talk, Sunny 102.5 FM and 101.5 K-Rock.
Residents must be aware of developing storm situations so they are not taken by surprise. When a storm watch is issued, residents should mentally rehearse a plan of action so it seems routine when the warning sirens sound. The warning is sounded by a three-minute blast of the Jardine Apartments horn on top of building V, the university whistle, and other sirens in the city. The warning provides very little time to act — a few seconds to a few minutes.
During storm warnings, personnel from University Police may drive patrol cars through the Jardine Apartments community with auto sirens, flashing red lights, and bullhorns as aids in warning individuals to take cover.
In the event of a tornado warning, Living Community at Jardine Apartments residents should proceed to the nearest storm shelter. Storm shelters are located on the first floor of all our "new construction" buildings — Buildings 1, 1A, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. (See map (PDF).) If you aren't near one of these locations when a warning occurs, proceed to a centralized location on the lowest level of your building, away from windows.
It is advisable that all residents have a battery-powered portable radio and a flashlight. Storms occur at night as well as in the daytime.
The all clear comes from 1350 KMAN and 91.5 KMKF‑FM radio stations in Manhattan. No one should leave shelters or premises until an all clear from these stations is given. A second blast of the siren indicates another storm has been sighted. It is not an all clear signal.
On the first Monday of each month at 10:20 a.m., the city sirens, the siren on building V, and the power plant whistle are activated for test purposes only.