Texas Tech Sets Test of Emergency Sirens, Notification System

Texas Tech University will test its TechAlert emergency communications system and sirens at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 20.

Texas Tech University will test its TechAlert emergency communications system and sirens at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 20. “The safety of our university community is our top priority,” said Ronald Phillips, university counsel and emergency management coordinator. “It is 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 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. The siren system is typically tested during the spring semester in preparation for severe weather season, but a fall semester test has been scheduled due to the addition of two new sirens. The two new sirens enhance coverage on campus andcan be heard to an approximate radius of 4,400 feet. Sirens are meant to warn those on campus of an impending weather emergency.   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 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.