University to test Emergency Notification Systems on Family Day
Queen’s will test the Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) when the university is closed for Family Day on Monday, February 20 at noon. The systems are installed on pole-mounted outdoor speakers on top of Humphrey and Chernoff Halls and Stauffer Library on main campus and near John Orr Tower on west campus.
“We selected Family Day, which falls during reading week, to conduct these tests in order to minimize any disruption to the campus community. If you happen to be on or near campus on Monday at noon, please disregard any chimes or test messages you may hear,” says David Patterson, Director, Campus Security.
Testing will include the broadcast of chimes and test messages. The test voice message following the Westminster Chimes is, “Attention: this is a test of the Queen’s Emergency Notification System. This is not an emergency. This is only a test.”
If there was an emergency situation on campus and the ENS was used, a siren followed by voice instructions would alert the campus community to take shelter and, if safe to do so, to check university communications channels for more information and instructions. Those channels include:
Please check the ENS webpage for more information, message samples and siren tones.