Reminder: Tests of emergency alert systems begin today, May 21

UPDATE:  An unexpected delay caused a rescheduling of today’s outdoor alert test for about 2:15 p.m. today.

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on the morning of May 21 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

Tests of Wake Forest’s emergency alert systems begin today.

The outdoor alert system is scheduled to be tested today, May 21, at 12 p.m. (Originally, it was scheduled for 1 p.m.)

The indoor alert systems are scheduled to be tested May 22-24.  Potentially, the testing will require less than three days.  Testing is scheduled to take place during regular business hours, starting around 8 a.m. and concluding around 5 p.m.

No action will be required by anyone who hears the announcements made during the tests.

Both outdoor and indoor alerts are part of Wake Forest’s comprehensive Wake Alert emergency notification system.

The indoor alerts will be tested in the following buildings:

  • Dailey Golf Center
  • Haddock House
  • Benson University Center
  • Greene Hall
  • Salem Hall
  • Winston Hall
  • Tribble Hall
  • South Residence Hall
  • Davis Residence Hall
  • Angelou Hall
  • Poteat Residence Hall
  • Huffman Residence Hall
  • Luter Residence Hall
  • Babcock Residence Hall
  • Johnson Residence Hall
  • Bostwick Residence Hall
  • Collins Residence Hall

Previously recorded indoor alert messages will announce such situations as an active shooter, an armed intruder, a tornado and general weather alert.  Announcements directing people to shelter in place and to evacuate a building will be made, too.  In addition, an all-clear message will be made.  The announcements will come from speakers in the buildings.

When the outdoor alert system is tested, people will hear a previously recorded all-clear message, an armed intruder message, a chemical hazard message and a test message.  The announcements will come from outdoor speakers set up at various campus locations.

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


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations