University to test emergency sirens Jan. 26

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will test its emergency sirens on Tuesday, Jan. 26, between noon and 1 p.m. as part of Alert Carolina, a safety awareness campaign. Anyone outside on or near campus, including downtown Chapel Hill, is likely to hear the sirens during the test, which tests equipment and reminds students, faculty and staff what to do in an emergency. No action is needed.

The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded public address message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal “All clear. Resume normal activities.” Samples of the alert and “all clear” tones are available at

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