March 18, 2015
Siren test scheduled for Wednesday.
In preparation for severe weather season, Texas Tech University will test its outdoor siren system March 25. The sirens will sound for one minute at approximately 10:50 a.m.
During an actual severe weather emergency, the Texas Tech Police will activate the outdoor siren system. If practical, the outdoor sirens will be augmented by the use of loudspeakers on university police vehicles broadcasting instructions and/or Texas Tech Police sounding the cars' police sirens. In these situations, individuals should immediately seek shelter in a safe area. More tips can be found on the FEMA website.
"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 students, faculty and staff 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 email contacts so that our emergency communications system can get the latest information out as fast as possible."
Emergency Communications Overview
In case of a weather emergency, the TechAlert! and siren systems are only one of several tools the university will use to alert the campus, including the university's home page at www.ttu.edu. Other facets of the university's multiple, redundant emergency notification methods include:
Updates to the following websites:
• www.emergency.ttu.edu is the online Emergency Communications Center to inform the Texas Tech University
community about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency.
• Other online resources for emergency news are the university home page and Texas Tech Today, in addition to our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Updates via local media:
• The university has established protocols to use local media to help inform the public.
TechAlert! is a mass notification system that simultaneously sends email, text and voice messages to alert the university community of emergency situations or class cancellations or delays.
If you have not already done so this semester, update cell phone, home phone or text message information at www.ttu.edu/emergency. Up to four phone numbers can be entered, with TTY/TDD for hearing impaired and text messaging options.