TechAlert! and Siren Test Scheduled

All faculty, staff and students should update cell phone, home phone or text message information.

In preparation for severe weather season, Texas Tech University will test its TechAlert! emergency communications system and outdoor siren system at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday (March 12).

All faculty, staff and students should update cell phone, home phone or text message information at The system is used to alert the university community of emergency situations, class cancellations or delays.

“The safety of our university community is our top priority,” said Ronald Phillips, university counsel and emergency management coordinator. “We test the TechAlert! system at least twice a year if it is not otherwise activated, so it is vital that we have current phone, text message and e-mail contacts for all faculty, staff and students so our emergency communications system can get the latest information out as fast as possible.”

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.

In addition to the TechAlert! system, the university will use a number of different tools to ensure delivery of emergency messages.

These tools include:

  • is the online Emergency Communications Center. It will be used to inform the Texas Tech community about what to do in advance of, during and after an emergency
  • The university’s home page, Texas Tech Today and social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Informing local media to deliver emergency information
  • Outdoor siren notification system