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Emergency Alert System network to be tested the week of June 15

Multiple tests of the Emergency Alert System will be conducted starting the week of June 15. System tests will occur both between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Individuals near a connected device will hear an alert tone and see a message on the screen announcing a test of the Emergency Alert System. During the week of June 15th, we will be testing two separate systems.

  • Indoor Emergency Alert system. (June 16 and 18) – This system is in the academic and residential buildings. The academic buildings were tested in May. Residential buildings will be tested during this time. Alerts that will come across a loudspeaker and will include shelter in place, tornado alert, general weather alert, active shooter, armed intruder, and all clear.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS). (June 16, 17, and 18) – An emergency alert will go out to every TV that is connected to the campus cable network. This also includes the Stream2 app. on any personal device, AppleTV, laptops, phones, etc. if you are logged in and watching at the time.

The Emergency Alert System is part of Wake Forest’s comprehensive Wake Alert emergency notification system. No action will be required by anyone who hears the tone or sees the alert message during these tests.

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

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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.)

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Tornado warning expired for Winston-Salem area; watch in effect until 12 p.m. April 13

The University made the following announcement on the morning of April 13 by several communication methods:

The National Weather Service tornado warning has expired. A tornado watch for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area remains in effect until 12 p.m A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Please monitor local weather reports for the latest information.

Resources include: TV Stations WXII, WFMY, WGHP or Spectrum News Triad and the National Weather Service.

The University recommends keeping cell phones charged and set to receive calls and text messages. Updates will be posted at on the Wake Alert website.

In the event of a tornado warning, Wake Forest will use the Wake Alert emergency notification system to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. An announcement would be posted on the Wake Alert website and the University’s home page at wfu.edu; sent by text, email and voice mail (cell phones); and posted on the Wake Alert Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Categories: Inside WFU

University has plan for communicating when threatening weather is predicted

With spring being a time when severe storms that may include tornadoes are possible, Wake Forest has a plan in place for communicating with the University community about such weather.

On days when extraordinarily severe storms are predicted, the University’s plan calls for a message to be emailed to students, faculty and staff encouraging them to stay alert to weather reports.  Current forecasts are widely available on local TV stations, such as WXII, WGHP, WFMY and Spectrum’s News 14.  Information is also easily accessed from other news organizations, such as The Weather Channel. The University also has WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.  They offer detailed weather information. The stations also offer information through Facebook and Twitter accounts

If the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch or warning, Wake Forest would activate the Wake Alert emergency notification system to inform students, faculty and staff using several communication methods.  For a warning, the University would use email, voice mail (cell phones registered to receive University alerts), text, the University website (including the Wake Alert website) and social media, at least.  For a watch, all but voice mail would be used.  The University, potentially, would use additional methods.

For more information about how the University communicates about emergencies and similar safety/security matters, visit Wake Ready.

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Categories: Inside WFU

Tornado warning Feb. 6 for Forsyth County/W-S has expired

This Wake Alert announcement was issued on Feb. 6:

The tornado warning for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County expired at 11:45 a.m. today, Feb. 6.

A tornado watch today expired earlier than forecast.

University operations are normal.

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