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2012 News Releases

Longwood to test Siren Alert System: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.

September 4, 2012

Alert Sirens on top of South Cunningham Residence Hall

Longwood University will test its public address/siren warning and text messaging system on Tuesday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m.  The emergency alert system will transmit a 30-second siren tone followed by a voice message stating "This is a test." The alert siren and voice message will be transmitted through three 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.

The emergency siren alert system will be tested simultaneously with a university text/email-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. The public address/siren warning system is designed to be heard by people who are outdoors and not within buildings on or near campus.

This is a test of the Longwood University emergency alert and communication systems, and no action is required on the part of faculty, staff, students or the community. These tests are designed to ensure that the emergency alert system functions properly and complies with federal regulations and to raise awareness on campus and within the Farmville community about the system's existence.

For more information, please call the Longwood University Police Department at 434.395.2091.