University To Hold Emergency Notification Test Tuesday Morning

August 31, 2012

 

The University of Virginia will test its emergency notification system components Tuesday between 10:50 and 11:10 a.m. The siren/public address, text messaging, e-mail, LED and LCD screens, Health System paging system, Alertus desktop messaging and U.Va. home page will all be tested. When the test is complete, an "all clear" will be issued. 

What You Can Expect During the Test

At approximately 10:50 am the test will begin:

  • If you are outside, you may hear a siren followed by a public address message: "This is a test of the U.Va. emergency notification system. This is a test." To preview the sounds of the siren and all-clear horn, click here and see “Emergency Horns and Sirens” on right hand side of page.
  • If you have signed up for U.Va. Alerts text messaging system and/or e-mail, you should receive a test message. If you have not signed up for U.Va. Alerts, you are encouraged to do so here.
  • If you have an U.Va. e-mail account, you should receive a test message.
  • If you are in a large classroom, you may hear a tone and see the message on an LED screen; if you are in a common area, you may see the message on an LCD screen.
  • If you carry a Simon In-house pager, you will receive a test message.
  • If you have signed up for Alertus desktop messaging and your computer is on, you will receive a test message by way of a popup. If you do not have Alertus installed on your computer, click here.
  • If you are on the U.Va. home page, you may see a message as well.

 All Clear

At approximately 11:10 am, the "all clear" will be issued.

  • The siren will sound with three blasts followed by the message: "This concludes the test of the U.Va. emergency notification system."
  • Text messaging, e-mail, Simon In-house pagers, LEDs, LCDs, and the Home Page will also display the "all clear" message.

No action is required on your part during this test. If you have questions or feedback regarding this test, please contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at uvaoep@virginia.edu or 434-982-0565.

Media Contact

Marge Sidebottom

U.Va. Director Of Emergency Preparedness