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9/28/2010: Emergency Notification Test and Mayes College Shelter-in-Place Drill

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, beginning at 3:20 p.m. the Department of Public Safety will conduct a test of the USciences Emergency Notification System and conduct a Shelter-in-Place awareness drill at Mayes College 4101 Woodland Avenue. The annual test is required under the federal Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

The test will incorporate all emergency notification delivery methods to include email, text messaging, video display boards, the emergency website and the new Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., a text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST of the USciences Emergency Notification System”

A second text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – Everyone currently in Mayes College Must Shelter in Place until the all clear is given”

A third text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – ALL CLEAR – Thank you for your cooperation” 

The Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System will broadcast a warning chime followed by:

“This is a test; I repeat this is a test of the USciences Emergency Broadcast System. During an actual emergency additional information will be provided – thank you for your cooperation.”

What is Shelter-In-Place (SIP)?

A procedure that requires a building population to move to a safe location(s) within a building(s) due to a weather emergency, a dangerous situation or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the air.

Reverse Evacuation or Shelter-in-Place (SiP) Procedure

During an emergency, one of the instructions you may be given is to

Shelter-in-Place until an incident has been declared “all clear” and it is safe to resume normal operations.

  • Seek immediate shelter indoors and remain indoors
  • Close doors and windows
  • If possible move to a small, interior room, with no or few windows, or to the core of the building away from any doors or windows
  • Follow the instructions provided through the Emergency Notification
  • System and if possible, and it is safe to do so, use a computer to find out more information or turn on a TV or radio
  • Remain calm
  • Do not leave the building until the “All Clear” signal has been given by authorized personnel

If you have not registered for the Emergency Alert System or need to update your contact information you can do so by visiting: