University to test emergency sirens on Thursday, June 23

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University to test emergency sirens on Thursday, June 23

Alert Carolina System improvements to be tested


(Chapel Hill, N.C. – June 21, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will test its emergency sirens and emergency communication notification systems on Thursday, June 23, between noon and 1 p.m. This test of the Alert Carolina System, an overlapping campus-wide safety awareness and emergency communication process, will be conducted to verify that new equipment and software installations are working properly.


No action is required. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief prerecorded public address message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal “All clear. Resume regular activities.” Samples of the alert and “all clear” audio tones are available at


People outside on or near campus may hear the sirens at six locations: Hinton James Residence Hall off Manning Drive; the Gary R. Tomkins Chilled Water Operations Center behind the Dogwood Parking Deck; Winston Residence Hall at the corner of Raleigh Street and South Road; near Hill Hall behind the University Methodist Church; University buildings and support facilities near the Giles Horney Building off Martin Luther King Boulevard; and near the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center about three miles east of the central campus.  People inside a building will most likely not hear the sirens.


To help educate faculty, staff and students about what to do when the sirens sound for an actual emergency or immediate threat to health and safety, the university created and distributed “What You Should Do For An Emergency Warning” posters to all campus classrooms, offices, residence halls and laboratory spaces. The poster is accessible on the Alert Carolina System website at


The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act requires universities to annually test emergency response procedures. UNC-Chapel Hill tests the operation of the emergency sirens ( at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and as needed to test new equipment and software installations. Campus officials regularly update response and communications plans based on lessons learned during an annual full-scale emergency preparedness drill, the siren tests and actual events.




About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Michael John, (919) 445-8555,