Alert Carolina Sirens Test on Thursday, Sept. 14

The University will TEST the emergency sirens and Alert Carolina System on Thursday, September 14, 2017, between noon and 1 p.m. The university tests the sirens and messaging system regularly throughout the year to make sure the equipment and notification processes work as planned.

During the test, anyone outside on or near campus likely will hear the sirens. The sirens are not designed to be heard inside a building or vehicle. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded voice message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal an all clear.

In addition to the University's emergency sirens, UNC Hospitals also uses overhead pages, text alerts, and email to communicate in emergency situations.

The sirens sound only for a major emergency or an immediate safety or health threat such as:

  • An armed and dangerous person on or near campus
  • A major fire or hazardous material incident
  • A tornado warning for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area issued by the National Weather Service
  • A different emergency, as determined by UNC Police

The University will also send text messages to cell phone users who have registered their numbers in the online Alert Carolina Contact Information page available through the ONYEN services website. The University will post safety-related announcements on the Alert Carolina website, alertcarolina.unc.edu, along with updates.

During this sirens test, NO ACTION is required. We encourage you to review the poster “What You Should Do For An Emergency Warning” posted in University classrooms, offices, hallways, residence halls and laboratory spaces.

The sirens are part of the University’s Emergency Notification System and an integral element of the University’s communications strategy that uses multiple channels to reach students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors, local residents, parents and the public. To support that system, the University follows the Emergency Notification Protocols in informing the campus community using four types of notifications – Emergency Warning, Timely Warning, Informational Messages and Adverse Weather Messages.

In a real emergency, the University strongly encourage students and employees to use the American Red Cross Safe and Well List to let their parents and families know they are safe while keeping cell phone lines open for emergency calls. The Safe and Well list is especially helpful in communicating with family members who are outside the emergency area.