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Longwood University to test Siren Alert System: Friday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m.

September 15, 2008

Alert Sirens on top of South Cunningham Residence Hall A siren/voice alert system speaker array located on the top of South Cunningham residence hall. Five other similar speaker arrays are strategically placed across campus and off-campus complexes.

Longwood University will test its public address/siren warning system on Friday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. The emergency alert system will transmit a siren tone followed by a voice message stating that a test is being performed. The alert siren and voice message will be transmitted through three (3) strategically placed speaker arrays across campus and at Longwood's off-campus apartment complexes (Lancer Park and Longwood Village) and the athletic fields at Johnston Drive. Some adjustments to the system have been made since the initial test last April. 

The emergency alert system will be tested simultaneously and will include a siren alert along with a public address voice message and a text-messaging alert. Officials anticipate that the siren tones will be heard within a half-mile of the main campus and within a quarter-mile of the off-campus residence locations. Some adjustments to the audio quality of the voice message have been made based upon test results last spring. The public address/siren warning system is designed to be heard by people who are outdoors and not within buildings on or near campus.

The tests are designed to ensure that the emergency alert system works and to raise awareness on campus and within the Farmville community about the system's existence. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the emergency text-messaging/e-mail alert system at: http://www.longwood.edu/crisiscomm/signup.html

For more information, please contact the Longwood University Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 434.395.2940.