East Tennessee State University will test its emergency notification systems on Thursday, Feb. 6. These include an outdoor siren system with five large speakers placed on the ETSU and Veterans Affairs Medical Center campuses, an ETSU Alert link on the ETSU home page and an alert message on all computers logged in to the ETSU network, a public address (PA) unit in selected campus buildings, and GoldAlert, the university’s emergency text and e-mail system.
ETSU’s outdoor siren will sound at 9:35 a.m., beginning with a wail followed by the message: “Attention! This is a test of the ETSU Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.” A text and email from GoldAlert will deliver a similar message. During this process, no action on behalf of ETSU employees and students or residents in the surrounding neighborhoods is required.
The mass notification systems were installed at ETSU in 2008.