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Eckerd College Tests Emergency Notification Siren on February 11

posted on 02/11/2013

Eckerd College puts the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff among its highest priorities. A grant from the Department of Homeland Security enabled the College to install an emergency notification siren last spring. The siren will be tested midday on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Eckerd's emergency notification siren will sound like a standard fire siren lasting 30-60 seconds. Current members of the College community will also receive a text message and an email that will clarify that the alert is only a test.

The siren is audible on campus, as well as a one-mile radius surrounding campus, so please review the below information.

Emergency Siren FAQs

When will the emergency siren be used?
The siren will sound to alert individuals who are outdoors, on and near the college campus, that they should move indoors to seek shelter from an imminent danger such as a person at large with a weapon on or near campus or a waterspout or tornado warning for our area.

When will the siren be tested?
The college will test the siren on Monday, Feburary 11, 2013. Thereafter, the college will test the siren twice each year - midday, the second Monday of September and the second Monday of February.

What does the siren sound like?

The siren sounds like a standard fire siren lasting 30-60 seconds.

What should I do when I hear the siren?
When you hear the siren - and it is not a test day - immediately seek shelter indoors. Then visit www.ecemergency.com or call 727-864-7002 (recorded message) for more information.

Will there be another siren alert to sound an "all clear"?
No. To avoid confusion, the siren will be used only to indicate an emergency. Continue to check this Web site and recorded message to learn when a dangerous situation has been resolved.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue our work to promote a safe environment at Eckerd College.

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