EKU to test siren messages August 6

RICHMOND, Ky. – Nearby neighborhoods can expect additional sirens and messages when Eastern Kentucky University conducts a test of its own alert and notification system on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 12:20 p.m.

In addition to the regularly scheduled test by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency at that time, the University will test the four sirens strategically located on its Richmond campus. For those within hearing range of the EKU sirens, the additional campus-only testing at the conclusion of the brief county-wide test will mean an additional five minutes or so of sounds.

“As technology has changed and these changes are integrated into our emergency notification protocols, we want to ensure the functionality of our system,” said Gary Folckemer, director of emergency management for the University.

Approximately 90 sirens are placed throughout Madison County to reach every resident. The four sirens on the EKU campus are audible in adjacent residential neighborhoods, along the nearby portion of the Eastern By-Pass, and downtown.

For those within range of the EKU sirens, the sequence will be as follows:

  • Live Siren Test (Madison County’s standard monthly test) – Westminster chimes followed by a test message
  • Live PA Broadcast announcing the tests (followed by tests of the Text-to-Speech Engine, Siren followed by Seek-Shelter Message, Siren followed by Evacuate Message, and Live PA Broadcast closing message to note completion)

If there is an actual emergency during the time of the tests, the tests will be stopped, and a “real world” emergency announcement will be made over the public address system. The Aug. 6 date was selected so as to minimize disruption of campus events, Folckemer said. For more information, visit http://emergency.eku.edu/insidelook/eku-specific-siren-testing-saturday-august-6th-2016-1220pm, or contact Gary Folckemer at gary.folckemer@eku.edu or call 859-622-1111.

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