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Campus to test emergency warning system

Alert will be heard across campus and in surrounding neighborhoods

UMass Dartmouth has installed and will be testing a 1200-watt public address and warning system on Thursday, December 11. The system is the latest in a series of measures to enhance the safety of campus students, staff, faculty and neighbors through the use of technology.

This follows last spring's installation of the myALert system, which delivers text messages and emails to students, faculty and staff in the event of a major emergency. All students, staff and faculty are urged to sign up for myAlert at www.umassd.edu/myalert.

The University is also working with Dartmouth's Fire District 3 and the Dartmouth Police Department to improve radio communications between the campus, Dartmouth firefighters and police, and regional public safety officials. Last spring, the campus joined with the State Police and regional public safety officials for a major emergency training exercise on campus.

The solar-powered public address system, purchased from the Federal Siren Company, is designed to deliver instantaneous pre-recorded messages in the event of a campus emergency. The device, located on a 40-foot high pole centrally positioned on the 700-acre campus, is controlled from the Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center.

This system is similar in design to public warning systems currently in use at Assumption College and Holy Cross and the Naval Academy.  The final installation of software and training of public safety staff will occur on Wednesday with testing occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The test warning on Thursday will begin with three 2-second tones and be followed by this message:

This is a test of the UMass Dartmouth emergency warning system. This is only a test. Repeat, this is only a test. If this had been a real emergency you would have been given further instructions. This concludes the test of the UMass Dartmouth emergency warning system. Repeat, this concludes the test of the UMass Dartmouth emergency warning system.

A single 2-second tone will conclude the test.

The test warning will be heard across campus and in surrounding neighborhoods.
 

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  09-Dec-2008
Department:   News & Public Information

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