New audible alert siren to provide additional tool for emergency communications
1/2/2008 2:10:13 PM
LYNCHBURG — Randolph College will test its new siren alert system Friday, January 4. The audible siren, which will sound for three to five minutes at a time, will be tested intermittently between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The new alert system is part of the College’s efforts to enhance security on campus. The siren will be located centrally on campus and will be used only to alert the community of extreme emergency situations.
“Our first priority has always been the safety of our campus community,” said Kris Irwin, director of security. “The tragedy last year at Virginia Tech only reaffirmed this commitment. While we routinely review our security policies and procedures, we have spent the past year carefully examining our plans for ways to enhance security measures in light of the recent national events.”
The siren, which is loud enough to be heard several blocks away, will alert students, staff and faculty to seek safe shelter during situations such as tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings or intruder alerts.
The College uses a number of measures to inform its community during emergency situations including a text messaging alert system and campus wide e-mails. The siren is an additional tool now available to enhance the safety of the community.
Friday’s testing will enable college personnel to determine the best permanent placement for the siren.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations