Campus Emergency Notification System to Be Tested at UNH July 22
Media Contact:  Erika Mantz
603-862-1567
UNH Media Relations
July 9, 2009


Durham, N.H. - Regular testing of the University of New Hampshire's outdoor notification system will occur Wednesday, July 22, at noon. The test will include the siren, a "canned" message and a recording signaling the end of the test. The entire exercise will take less than 10 minutes.

The system is designed to not only alert the campus community when there is imminent danger but also follows up with voice instructions. This two-step approach, called Alert and Inform, helps reduce confusion and restore order.

Sirens are located on the roof of the MUB, the roof of Morse Hall, A-Lot and the dirt parking lot near the equestrian facility. The system reaches a distance of nearly a mile in all directions.

In addition, the university will also simultaneously send test messages through its alert system to registered cell phones, pagers, BlackBerrys, PDAs and/or e-mail accounts, and a directed communication to all UNH faculty, staff and students.

Contact Paul Dean, UNH's director of emergency management, at 862-1427 for more information or with any questions.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, space-grant and community-engaged university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 11,800 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students.

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