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App State to Begin Monthly Siren Tests PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Monday, 29 June 2009 06:34

Appalachian State University will begin testing its siren warning system on a monthly basis.


According to ASU’s news director, Jane Nicholson, the tests will be held at 11:55 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, beginning this Wednesday.


Nicholson said the test will consist of a 75-second air horn tone followed by a prerecorded voice message that says, “This is a test.”


In the case of an actual emergency, Nicholson said the alarm would sound in a hi/low tone for 20 seconds followed by a prerecorded voice message that says, “An emergency condition exists.  Seek safe shelter.”  The all-clear alarm will also consist of a 20 second alert tone followed by a prerecorded message that says, “All clear.  The emergency is over.”


Nicholson said ASU’s sirens would be used in the event of several emergency situations including a major hazardous material spill on or near campus, a tornado warning for campus, an active shooter on or near campus, and others.


If you hear the sirens, university officials are asking residents to seek safe shelter immediately, look for more information on the University Emergency Web page at, and listen until more information is given.


Nicholson said reminder e-mails will be sent to Appalachian State faculty, staff, and students before the monthly tests.


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