Queen's to test emergency notification system


Queen's to test emergency notification system

Audible test of campus emergency PA system will run briefly on Saturday at 10 AM

August 16, 2023


Queen’s will test its emergency notification system (ENS) on Saturday, August 19, at 10 AM. The test will last about one minute.

The ENS is a Public Address system installed on pole-mounted outdoor speakers on top of Humphrey Hall, Chernoff Hall, and Stauffer Library on the main campus and near John Orr Tower on west campus.

The test will consist of broadcasting “Westminster Chimes” and the following pre-recorded message:

“Attention: This is a test of the Queen’s emergency notification system. This is not an emergency. This is only a test.”

The ENS allows Campus Security and Emergency Services to broadcast sirens and pre-recorded messages across campus to faculty, staff, and students in the event of an emergency. The system is tested daily in “silent” mode for functionality. An audible test helps staff assess how well the alert can be heard in the normal ambient environment. 

In an emergency, the ENS uses siren signals followed by voice instructions that alert the campus community to take shelter and, if safe to do so, to check one of the many other communications channels that may be employed in an emergency for more information and instructions.

Those channels include:

For more information, including sample messages and siren tones, visit the Emergency Response Procedures website.

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