Homewood Campus Safety and
Security will conduct a test of the newly installed
address system at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3.
The system, which is activated by radio signal from
the Homewood Communications Center, is
composed of modules on Garland Hall, Whitehead Hall and the
O'Connor Recreation Center. The sirens
will simultaneously sound the alert tone and then
sequentially broadcast the voice message.
The test will be the first full-scale activation of
the system. It will consist of a 30-second alert
tone immediately followed by a voice broadcast beginning,
"This is a test of the Homewood campus
emergency warning system."
Shortly after this broadcast, an all-clear alert tone
will sound, followed by the message saying,
in part, "This has been a test of the Homewood campus
emergency warning system. Had there been an
actual emergency, you would have been given specific
instructions on what to do."
Because the system incorporates a silent self-test
feature that will exercise each module on a
weekly basis, Campus Safety and Security expects to run
"live" tests only three times a year. The main
purpose of the exercises is to familiarize the Homewood
community with the sound of the system.
Except for these periodic tests, the system will be
used only in the event of an incident or
situation that presents a significant threat to the lives
or safety of the campus community.