Campus Security and Emergency Services

Campus Security and Emergency Services

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Emergency Notification System

emergency system siren poleOn campus ‘real-time’ Emergency Notification Systems (ENS) disseminate clear information before, during and after emergency situations.

A public address system using a siren signal followed by voice instructions will alert the campus community to take shelter and if safe to do so, check one of the current Emergency Notification platforms for information and instructions.

The Emergency Notification platforms at Queen’s University consist of:

  • Emergency Notification System (campus-wide public address system with emergency tones and pre-recorded messages)
  • SeQure Safety App (push notifications)
  • Twitter – twitter.com/campussecurity (messages, updates)
  • Queen's email (emails can be distributed by Campus Security to all student, faculty and staff accounts)
  • Queen’s homepage – queensu.ca (messages, updates)
  • Queen’s Status Line – 613-533-3333 (messages, updates)
  • News/Media feeds – contact local print/radio/TV (pre-crafted messages, updates)

Public Address System Details

What do the siren tones sound like?

[sound icon - click to play  WAV file, 488 KB]Click to listen to a simulation of one of the siren sounds.
("Wail Whoop": 15 secs (WAV, 488 KB) - MP3 version: siren.mp3, 245 KB)

Emergency P.A. System Activation Types:

General Emergency: "Wail Whoop" for 15 secs.
“Attention: emergency condition occurring on campus. Seek shelter immediately. Check Queen’s notification channels for information.”

All Clear: Steady tone "Wail Whoop" for 15 secs.
“All Clear. The Emergency is over.”

Evacuation Warning: Steady Tone for 15 secs.
“Attention: Mandatory emergency evacuation required. Follow evacuation routes. Check Queen’s notification channels for information.”

Hostile Intruder: Steady Tone "Whoop" for 18 secs.
“Attention: Hostile intruder on campus. Find shelter or leave campus immediately. Check Queen’s notification channels for information. OBEY POLICE and emergency personnel.”

Active Shooter: Steady Tone "Whoop" for 18 secs.
“EMERGENCY! Active shooter on campus. Seek shelter or leave campus immediately. OBEY POLICE and emergency personnel.”

What types of emergencies will the ENS Public Address System indicate?

The sirens indicate emergencies that require you to seek immediate shelter. The most likely cause of these unsafe outdoor conditions is severe weather, but other causes may include the unlikely occurrences of an environmental hazard or an armed individual on campus.

The sirens are only used for emergencies that impact or present a danger to the main campus. 

When are the sirens tested?

A "silent test" of the system is performed automatically each day, in addition to periodic full scale tests that will be pre-announced with a campus wide email, along with posting on the Queen's University home page and other channels.

[sound icon - click to play WAV file, 880 KB]The Test siren sound is a Westminster Chime (click icon to listen - WAV, 880 KB), with the following PA System announcement:
“Attention: this is a test of the Queen’s Emergency Notification System. This is not an emergency. This is only a test.”

What should I do when I hear the sirens?

  • When you hear the sirens you should immediately follow instructions stated in the PA announcement.
  • Follow the instructions outlined in our "Active Threat" procedures.
  • Remain inside until the sirens stop and you hear the “all clear” notification.
  • If you have access to the internet, television or radio, you can receive up to date information by monitoring one of our other Emergency Notification platforms listed above.
  • The sirens indicate emergencies that require you to seek immediate shelter. The most likely cause of these unsafe outdoor conditions is severe weather, but other causes may include the unlikely occurrences of an environmental hazard or an armed individual on campus.
  • The sirens are only used for emergencies that impact or present a danger to the main campus.

Where is the ENS Public Address System located?

PA System speakers are located on top of both Humphrey and Chernoff Halls on main campus, and there is a pole mounted system at west campus. A fourth PA System was added to the roof of Stauffer Library during the summer of 2011. (See map below)

[Map of ENS Public Address System Locations]