December 3, 2007
Monthly emergency siren testing to begin
By elaine justice
At noon, beginning the first Wednesday in December, Emory will conduct the first monthly test of emergency sirens located across campus.
"Monthly tests will ensure that the emergency loudspeaker system is in peak working order," said Alex Isakov, executive director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. “We want the Emory community and surrounding neighborhoods to get accustomed to the testing of these sirens. In a real event, they are intended to alert people to a major emergency and to look to another medium for more information."
If Wednesday's weather is questionable, the test will take place Thursday. If Thursday's weather is questionable, the test will be postponed to the following month.
The Dec. 5 siren test will be followed by a test of Emory’s new emergency text messaging system that will go out to students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive the messages as part of the emergency notification system.