ECU system alert test set for Friday

POSTED: 4:19 AM Mar 08 2013
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

East Carolina University will conduct a test of its emergency notification system at noon on Friday, sounding loud speakers and sending text messages and voice messages across campus.

The exercise will test performance of alert messaging on the university homepage, emails delivered to all ecu.edu accounts, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, VOIP phone text and voice messages, SMS text messages, Twitter, desktop pop-up boxes and digital messages on campus display screens, a news release said.

Loudspeaker messages and other alerts will state the alarm is part of a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system, the release said. Voice and text messages will be sent to campus VOIP telephones, and test messages will be sent to university email accounts. Display screens located throughout campus also will carry a test message.

Users who registered for ECU Alert cellphone messages by March 1 will receive an SMS text message. Registration for cellphone messaging is available on the university website.

If an actual emergency occurs, ECU Alert messages will provide instructions and updates as the situation unfolds. When appropriate, in-depth information will be posted to the ECU homepage at www.ecu.edu.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors are urged to remain calm and aware of surroundings, use common sense and avoid unnecessary risks when hazards occur.

Each campus unit should have evacuation and lockdown plans in place. Contact unit safety representatives for additional information.

The university offered the following information about campus evacuations, shelter-in-place orders and lockdowns.

Evacuation

Residence halls are required to conduct quarterly fire drills in compliance with state fire codes to provide practice for an actual emergency. Residents and visitors should learn exit routes from all buildings and evacuate immediately when a fire alarm sounds, following the guidelines below:

Shelter-in-Place

A shelter-in-place notification may come from the ECU Alert system, ECU Police, university employees or other authorities when severe weather or outdoor environmental dangers occur. The shelter-in-place order means that all faculty, staff, students and visitors should follow the steps below, remaining in place until otherwise notified:

Lockdown

A lockdown takes place when a hostile intruder or shooter has threatened or caused violence on campus. This includes individuals who committed violence off campus, but may have moved onto ECU property. If a lockdown occurs, follow these steps:

The ECU Office of Environmental Health and Safety and ECU Police Department provided this information. For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/ecu/safety.php.

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