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Appalachian to test siren warning system Sept. 11

BOONE—Appalachian State University will conduct its monthly test of the campus siren warning system Friday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. The test has been moved from the first Wednesday of the month to coincide with Safety Week Sept. 8-11 at the university.

The Sept. 11 siren test will consist of a 75-second discontinuous air horn tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message that says, “This is a test. This is a test of the emergency warning system.  This is only a test.”

The all-clear activation will consist of a 20-second alert tone followed by a pre-recorded voice message that repeats the message, “All clear. The emergency is over.”

Appalachian uses multiple methods to notify and communicate emergency information to the campus community. The AppState-ALERT siren warning system is designed to provide campus students, staff, faculty and visitors with an audible notification of an emergency event that affects campus. Other than tests, the siren warning system will only be activated during a high risk, life-threatening emergency such as:

•    An active shooter on or near campus
•    A major hazardous material spill on or near campus
•    Tornado warning for campus

In the event of an emergency activation, individuals should:

•    Seek safe shelter immediately
•    Seek more information by going to the University Emergency Web page, check your cell phone and e-mail for
AppState Alert messages
•    Stay tuned for more information until the “all clear” is given

Examples of the tones that will used in an emergency or during tests can be heard at under “Mass Notification” and “Warning Tones.”  Appalachian will use the “hi/low” tone for emergencies; “discontinuous air horn” for tests of the system; the “alert” tone for all-clear signal and the “wail” tone for tornado warnings.

For more information about the university’s AppState Alert voice/text/e-mail notification system system, visit the Emergency Web Page at