BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University will conduct a full test of its emergency notification system — including, but not limited to, siren, email, voice and text messaging and the Alertus desktop notification system — at 11:55 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The siren test on the Boone campus will consist of a 75-second discontinuous air horn tone followed by a prerecorded voice message that says, “This is a test. This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test.”
The all-clear activation for the Boone campus siren warning system will consist of a 20-second alert tone followed by a prerecorded voice message. An all-clear email will also be sent to campus accounts.
App State uses multiple methods to notify and communicate emergency information to the Boone and Hickory campus communities. The AppState-ALERT siren warning system is designed to provide Boone campus students, staff, faculty and visitors who may be outdoors with an audible notification of a significant emergency event that affects multiple campus buildings and outdoor venues.
In the event of an actual emergency activation, Boone and Hickory campus students, employees and visitors should do the following:
- Seek safe shelter immediately.
- Seek more information by visiting AppState-ALERT.com, the university’s emergency information website.
- Monitor AppState-ALERT.com for updates until the “all clear” message is given.
Boone and Hickory campus students and employees should also:
- Check their cell phone for updates — if registered for voice and text AppState-ALERTS — or campus email accounts for AppState-ALERT messages.
- Monitor cell phone messages, campus email or AppState-ALERT.com for updates until the “all clear” message is given.
Examples of the siren tones that will be used in an emergency or during tests in Boone can be heard by visiting App State’s Siren Warning System webpage.
The AppState-ALERT voice/text/email notification system includes alerts for the university’s Boone and Hickory campuses. Students and employees are encouraged to register for voice and text alerts for Boone and/or Hickory. Opt in for voice and text alerts for either or both campus locations through the Self-Service section of your AppalNET account.
More information about emergency preparedness at App State, including how to register for voice and text alerts in Boone and Hickory, is available on App State’s Emergency Preparedness website.
Boone campus siren tests are normally conducted on the first Wednesday of the month.
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About Appalachian State University
As a premier public institution, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives. App State is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, with a national reputation for innovative teaching and opening access to a high-quality, affordable education for all. The university enrolls more than 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 80 graduate majors at its Boone and Hickory campuses and through App State Online. Learn more at https://www.appstate.edu.