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Appalachian will test its siren warning system Oct. 7

BOONE—Appalachian State University will test its campus-wide siren warning system Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 11:55 a.m. Tests are normally conducted on the first Wednesday of the month.

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. Those registered with AppState-
Alert, should check their e-mail or cell phone for notices
•    Remain alert for more information until the “all clear” is given.

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

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