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Longwood University to conduct tornado drill on Thursday, March 17

March 9, 2011

Alert Sirens on top of South Cunningham Residence Hall
A siren/voice alert system speaker array located on the top of South Cunningham residence hall.

Longwood University will test its public address/siren warning system and text messaging system as part of a campus tornado drill at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17.

The Longwood emergency alert system will transmit a siren tone followed by a voice message stating that a tornado drill is being performed. The alert siren and voice message will be transmitted through three (3) strategically placed speaker arrays across campus and at Longwood's off-campus apartment complexes (Lancer Park and Longwood Village) and the athletic fields at Johnston Drive.

Officials anticipate that the siren tones will be heard within a half-mile of the main campus and within a quarter-mile of the off-campus residence locations. The public address/siren warning system is designed to be heard by people who are outdoors and not within buildings on or near campus.  The tests are designed to ensure that the emergency alert system works and to raise awareness on campus and within the Farmville community about the system's existence.

For more information, please contact the Longwood University Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 434.395.2940.