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Campus emergency siren test conducted Sept. 3

BOONE—Appalachian State University will conduct a full test of its emergency notification system – including siren, email, voice and text messaging and the Alertus desktop notification system – Wed., Sept. 3, at 11:55 a.m.

The full test of the emergency notification system is being conducted in conjunction with the university’s annual Safety Week, which runs Sept. 2-5. The week will include programs and activities related to personal safety on and off campus.

The siren test 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.”

The all-clear activation will consist of a 20-second alert tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message.

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 on campus should:

  • Seek safe shelter immediately
  • Seek more information by going to the university’s emergency website (
  • Check cell phone or email for AppState-ALERT messages (if registered to receive these messages
  • Monitor cell phone, email or the emergency website for updates until the “all clear” is given

Examples of the tones that will be used in an emergency or during tests can be heard at 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 emergency notification system, or to sign up for text/voice message emergency alerts, visit the Emergency website at