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Appalachian to test siren warning system monthly beginning July 1

BOONE—Appalachian State University will begin monthly tests of its siren warning system July 1.

The monthly tests, recommended by the system’s manufacturer, will be held at 11:55 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

All tests will be publicized in advance via campus e-mail, and may on some occasions be held in conjunction with a test of the entire AppState-Alert voice/text/e-mail notification system.

The test activation will consist of a 75-second discontinuous air horn tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message that says, “This is a test. This is a test of the emergency warning system.  This is only a test. This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test.”

In an actual emergency, the alarm will sound in a hi/low tone for 20-seconds followed by a pre-recorded voice message that says, “Attention. An emergency condition exists. Seek safe shelter.  Attention. An emergency condition exists. Seek safe shelter. Attention. An emergency condition exists. Seek safe shelter.”

The all-clear activation will consist of a 20-second alert tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message that says, “All clear. The emergency is over. All clear. The emergency is over. All clear. The emergency is over.”

Appalachian uses multiple methods to notify and communicate emergency information to the campus community. The AppState-ALERT siren warning system is designed to provide campus students, staff, faculty and visitors with an audible notification of an emergency event that affects campus. Other than tests, the siren warning system will only be activated during a high risk, life-threatening emergency such as:

•    An active shooter on or near campus
•    A major hazardous material spill on or near campus
•    Tornado warning for campus

In the event of an emergency activation, individuals should:

•    Seek safe shelter immediately
•    Seek more information by going to the University Emergency Web page, checking your e-mail or cell phone
•    Stay tuned for more information until the “all clear” is given.

Examples of the tones that will used in an emergency or during tests can be heard at www.whelen.com under “Mass Notification” and “Warning Tones.”  Appalachian will use the “hi/low” tone for emergencies; “discontinuous air horn” for tests of the system; the “alert” tone for all-clear signal and the “wail” tone for tornado warnings.

For more information about the university’s AppState Alert voice/text/e-mail notification system system, visit the Emergency Web Page at http://www.emergency.appstate.edu.

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