Testing of indoor alert systems on campus to continue today

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on March 12:

Testing of the indoor alert systems in many Reynolda Campus buildings will continue today, March 12.  Testing will occur between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. today.  This is the last day of testing of the indoor alerts, which began on Monday.

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 are not being tested this week.

If an actual emergency were to occur during testing, the University would use numerous alert methods to inform the campus.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations