Test of indoor alert systems scheduled March 11 and 12

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 5:

During Spring Break on March 11 and 12, indoor emergency alert systems in many Reynolda Campus buildings will be tested.  Testing will occur between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on those days.

Building occupants will hear a series of voice announcements from speakers declaring emergencies during the testing.  No action will be required by anyone who hears the announcements made during the tests.

Previously recorded messages will announce such situations as an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado and a general weather alert. Announcements directing people to shelter in place and to evacuate a building will be made, too.

The messages likely will be heard throughout the buildings; they will be audible for some people outside the buildings.

Indoor alert systems are part of Wake Forest’s comprehensive  Wake Alert emergency notification system.  Not all Wake Forest buildings have indoor alert systems, but they are present in many residence halls, dining areas, administrative buildings, academic buildings and athletic facilities.

The Wake Alert system also makes emergency announcements through the University’s web site (including the Wake Alert web page), e-mail, voice mail and text alerts (registered cell phones), social media and an outdoor alert system.  Those alert methods will not be tested March 11 and 12.

If an actual emergency were to occur on next week’s testing dates, the University would use numerous alert methods to inform the campus.