News Release from UNC-Chapel Hill: Emergency Sirens Test Wednesday, June 7

Test will ensure that equipment and software are working properly

Post Date:06/05/2017 9:27 AM

(Chapel Hill, N.C. - June 5, 2017) – UNC-Chapel Hill will conduct a test of its emergency sirens on Wednesday, June 7, between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, a campus-wide safety awareness program.

Anyone outside, on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill and locations near the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center and University facilities off Martin Luther King Boulevard north of campus, may hear the sirens during the test.

For this test, no action is required. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded public address message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal an all clear. Samples of the alert and “all clear” audio tones are available on the Alert Carolina website.

People outside, on or near campus, may hear the sirens at six locations:  Hinton James Residence Hall off Manning Drive; the Gary R. Tomkins Chilled Water Operations Center behind the Dogwood Parking Deck; Winston Residence Hall at the corner of Raleigh Street and South Road; near Hill Hall behind the University Methodist Church; University buildings and support facilities near the Giles Horney Building off Martin Luther King Boulevard; and near the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center about three miles east of the central campus. The sirens are not designed to be heard inside a building or vehicle.

Sirens sound only for a major emergency or an immediate safety or health threat such as:

  • An armed and dangerous person on or near campus;
  • A major fire or hazardous material incident;
  • A tornado warning for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area issued by the National Weather Service; or
  • A different emergency, as determined by UNC Police.

The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires universities to annually test emergency response procedures. UNC-Chapel Hill tests the operation of emergency sirens, at a minimum, at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Campus officials regularly update response and communications plans based on lessons learned during an annual full-scale emergency preparedness drill, the siren tests and actual events.

The University uses multiple channels to reach students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors, local residents, parents and the public, based on criteria outlined in the Emergency Notification Protocols. The University will inform the campus community using four different types of notifications: Emergency Warning, Timely Warning, Informational Message and Adverse Weather Message.

As part of the test, the University will also send test text messages to cell phone numbers registered by students, faculty and staff. Text messages will be followed by emails to student and employee accounts. The University also will post safety-related announcements on the Alert Carolina website.

The Alert Carolina System only sends notifications to registered students and employees. Community members can access these alerts through the UNC Twitter account, @Alert_UNCCH. To receive mobile notifications from this account in the event of an emergency, the University advises community members to follow the instructions below. When the University tweets from @Alert_UNCCH, community members will receive a text message on their phone.

Log into Twitter on mobile device

  1. Search for the @Alert_UNCCH account
  2. Click the “follow” button on the right side of the page
  3. Click the “gear” icon to the left of the “follow” box
  4. In the drop down menu, click “turn on mobile notifications

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

University Communications contact: Email: Phone: 919-445-8555


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