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UNC to Test Sirens Today

UNC To Test Sirens Today

The University will TEST its emergency sirens as part of Alert Carolina, the University's safety awareness campaign, TODAY - Tuesday, February 28, between noon and 1 p.m.  This is only a test; no action is required.


The University tests the sirens each semester to make sure the equipment works and to remind everyone of what happens and what to do in a real emergency.  Besides the 5 existing sirens placed across the main campus and near the Giles Horney Building, the University has added a 6th siren near the Friday Center close to NC 54 and Meadowmont.


During the test, anyone who is outside on or near campus, the Friday Center, and downtown  will likely hear the sirens. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded voice message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal "All clear. Resume regular activities."


The sirens sound only for a major emergency or an immediate safety or health threat such as:

*             An armed and dangerous person on or near campus;

*             A major chemical spill or hazard;

*             A tornado warning for Orange County issued by the National Weather Service; or

*             A different emergency, as determined by the Department of Public Safety.


More details about the sirens, including samples of the alert and "all clear" tones, are available at, the best source of campus information during an emergency. 

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