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Public Address/Warning Sirens

Susquehanna University has in place two outdoor warning sirens/public address units. In the event of an emergency that urgently threatens the safety of those outdoors on campus, the university may sound the sirens. The siren tones are designed to be quite loud and distinct, and should easily be heard by those outdoors on campus.

Alerts

There are seven audible alerts on this system.  They are:

  1. Hi-Lo siren (180 seconds)
  2. Hi-Lo siren (5 seconds) followed by public address announcement
  3. Hi-Lo siren (5 seconds) followed by the following pre-recorded message: A tornado warning is in effect. Seek shelter now. Tune to your local TV station for further information. Seek shelter now.  (Repeated)
  4. Hi-Lo siren (5 seconds) followed by the following pre-recorded message: Chemical Release. Stay inside buildings and close windows and doors unless advised by authorities to evacuate area.  (Repeated)
  5. Hi-Lo siren (5 seconds) followed by the following pre-recorded message: There is a person with a weapon on campus.  Seek shelter now.  (Repeated twice)
  6. Wail siren (5 seconds) followed by the following pre-recorded message: All clear. The emergency is over.  (Repeated twice)
  7. Whoop siren (5 seconds) followed by the following pre-recorded message: This is a test of the Susquehanna University emergency notification system. (Repeated) 

Procedures

The following procedures are also posted in various locations around campus and in residence halls:

If the siren is due to severe weather or tornado warning:

  • If you are outside, seek cover in the closest building 
  • Stay in your classroom, room, or office if it is in the interior of the building
     OR go to an interior hallway of the building
     OR go to the lowest level possible
     OR in a house or apartment, go to the center of the house or the bathroom 
  • Stay away from windows, glass doors, and glass walls 
  • Monitor the Web and your e-mail for updates and instructions 
  • Call 911 or Public Safety (x4444) immediately if you have any information about damage or injuries 
  • Stay in your area until you receive the “all clear” message from the Emergency Alert Siren or a message from a university official or emergency worker.

If the siren is due to an intruder: (or if an intruder has been observed)

  • Go to the closest classroom, room, or office and stay there 
  • Shut the door and lock it, if possible
    AND if possible, place a desk or chair in front of the door
    AND if possible, wedge a shoe or belt under the door to prevent it from opening 
  • Turn off the lights 
  • Keep yourself and others in the room as quiet as possible AND switch cell phones to vibrate AND  mute all computers, projectors, CD players and other machines 
  • Stay away from windows, glass doors and glass walls 
  • Monitor the Web and your e-mail for updates and instructions 
  • Call 911 or Public Safety (x4444) immediately if you have any information about the intruder or injuries 
  • Stay in your area until you receive the “all clear” message from the Emergency Alert Siren or a college official or emergency worker.

Please remember:

  • This system is not foolproof and each person has to use common sense and assist each other in the event of an emergency. 
  • The siren and announcements cannot be heard everywhere under every condition. Passing along the message to other students, staff and faculty member can maximize awareness of the emergency.
  • The university will also use e-mail, voice mail, and other modes of communication to get information as quickly as possible.

Important notes:

These siren/public address units are designed to be heard primarily outdoors. However, many individuals can hear the sirens even if indoors.

The pre-recorded and live public address announcements that will follow siren tones are prone to echoing among the buildings on campus.  How well you will be able to understand the messages will depend on your location. All possible adjustments have been made to the system to improve intelligibility of the voice messages; the Department of Public Safety is aware that in some areas of campus the messages can be difficult to understand.




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