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Longwood University to participate in statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 17

March 10, 2009

Alert Sirens on top of South Cunningham Residence Hall The alert siren and voice message will be transmitted through three (3) strategically placed speaker arrays across campus including the one pictured above on top of south Cunningham residence hall.

Longwood University will test its public address/siren warning system and text messaging system as part of a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17. All state agencies are being encouraged to participate in this statewide exercise and practice their tornado emergency plans as if a tornado warning had been issued.

The Longwood emergency alert system will transmit a siren tone followed by a voice message stating that a tornado drill 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.

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. 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. The emergency alert system will be tested simultaneously with a university text-messaging alert. 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.

This is primarily a test of the Longwood University emergency alert and communication system and no action is required on the part of faculty, staff, or students. In the event of an actual tornado, all personnel should seek safe shelter in an interior room without windows on a lower floor.

Last year, 39 tornadoes struck Virginia, the second highest number ever recorded in a single year. More than 220 people were injured, and property damage amounted to $45 million.

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