Indoor emergency alert systems to be tested May 6 through May 8

The following announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on April 29 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

From May 6 through May 8, indoor emergency alert systems in many Reynolda Campus academic, administrative and athletics buildings will be tested. Testing will take place daily between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

No testing will take place in residence halls during 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.  An all clear message will be announced, as well.

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 athletics 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 May 6-8.

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

(This announcement was also sent by Residence Life and Housing to students living on campus.)