VCU to Test Emergency Communications and Alerting Systems Including Sirens on Wednesday

VCU to Test Emergency Communications and Alerting Systems Including Sirens on Wednesday

Don’t panic if you hear sirens on Wednesday, it’s only a test.

From VCU Alert:

Virginia Commonwealth University will conduct a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems, including sirens on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses and at the VCU Police Department’s headquarters (224 E. Broad St.), at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The full test will include a one-minute siren activation, along with text messages, Alertus boxes, mass email, digital signs, desktop alerts, LiveSafe, social media and VCU website information — all part of a multichannel system for communicating emergency information to VCU students, faculty, staff, visitors and the surrounding community.

Ten minutes prior to the start of the test, VCU Alert subscribers will receive a message indicating that testing begins at noon; they also will receive a text message at noon to signify the start of the test. VCU Police will send out a third message to notify subscribers once testing has concluded.

VCU remains committed to supporting a variety of emergency alert technologies to distribute information in a timely and effective manner. These technologies help inform the VCU community of necessary and prudent protective actions in a comprehensive manner. In addition to the semester test, checks of the siren system are conducted at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.

Questions, concerns and feedback about this test can be emailed to [email protected].



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