March 9, 2009
Texas Tech University will test its TechAlert emergency communications system and sirens at 10 a.m. Tuesday (March 10).
“The safety of our university community is our top priority,” said Ronald Phillips, university counsel and emergency management coordinator. “We test our sirens once a year and our TechAlert system at least twice a year. It’s important that our faculty, staff and students know the sound of our sirens and what to do when they are activated. It’s also vital that we have current phone, text message and e-mail contacts so that our emergency communications system can get the latest information out as fast as possible.”
The TechAlert emergency notification system will be activated at the same time as the siren test. To update cell phones, home phones or text message information, go to www.ttu.edu/emergency. The system is used to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
Sirens are located on the roofs of the Robert Ewalt Student Recreation Center, the Chemistry Building, Drane Hall and the Industrial Engineering Building. The sirens will sound for one minute. The sirens will be checked to make sure each is functioning properly.
The siren system is used in the event of weather emergencies. Persons should immediately seek shelter upon hearing the siren. University police car sirens and loudspeakers will be used to broadcast alerts and instructions. For more information on severe weather and other emergencies, go to http://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/procedures.php.