Mock drill at LMU

Published 1:48 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will perform a semi-annual test of its emergency siren on April 20 between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The siren will sound intermittently at that time.

The university installed the Eclipse 8 omnidirectional siren in 2014 to alert the community of public safety or weather-related emergencies on its main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. The siren is located on the roof of the Tex Turner Arena.

The emergency siren is intended only to warn campus occupants that may be outside of buildings of impending severe weather or campus safety threats. The siren is intended to be an adjunct warning tool and will not replace any facet of LMU’s current alert system, E2Campus. It works in conjunction with the system as another layer of communication.

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The weather warning siren will be activated whenever severe weather is anticipated to pass through or near the Harrogate area and there is sufficient time to process the warning. As weather is very difficult to predict and severe weather may develop suddenly and without notice, the weather warning siren may not be able to be activated for every occurrence.

A two signal system will be employed through the siren. A steady tone will indicate a weather emergency, like a tornado warning. A low-high repeater tone will indicate a public safety threat. Both warnings should alert people to take appropriate action immediately. Both signals may be heard during the test.

During an actual emergency it may be hard to distinguish between the two signals. Regardless of which siren is activated the same initial actions are indicated:

· Stop;

· Evaluate your surroundings and immediately seek information; and

· Be prepared to take immediate self-protective action.