LMU installs emergency siren on Harrogate main campus

LMU installs emergency siren on Harrogate main campus

HARROGATE (WATE) - Lincoln Memorial University has installed a new siren on its Harrogate campus to alert the community of public safety or weather-related emergencies.

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The university has also invested in indoor alerting devices for extended learning sites and off-campus structures.

The Eclipse 8 omnidirectional siren is funded through the university's capital improvement budget after extensive research by university officials.

The LMU Police and Security control center will administer the siren, which is intended only to warn campus occupants that may be outside of buildings of impending severe weather or campus safety threats.

The siren is intended to be an adjunct warning tool and will not replace any facet of LMU’s current alert system, E2Campus.

The weather warning siren will be activated whenever severe weather is anticipated to pass through or near the Harrogate area and there is sufficient time to process the warning. As weather is very difficult to predict and severe weather may develop suddenly and without notice, the weather warning siren may not be able to be activated for every occurrence.

Two signals will be emitted from the siren. A steady tone indicates a weather emergency like a tornado warning. A low-high repeater tone indicates a public safety threat.

Officials say while the two signals may be hard to differentiate, the same initial reactions should be employed:
  • Stop
  • Evaluate your surroundings and immediately seek information
  • Be prepared to take immediate self-protective action
Officials from Federal Signal will be in Harrogate later this month to train LMU Police and Security employees. A test of the siren will take place on Wednesday, May 21 at noon and both signals may be heard at that time.

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