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Emergency Test February 28, 2013

On Thursday, February 28th, beginning at 3 p.m., Dartmouth will test two of its emergency notification systems. The Outdoor Mass Notification System (OMNS) consists of sirens and voice speakers that can be heard outdoors up to 10 miles from campus. The DartAlert system delivers an automated message to all Dartmouth-administered email accounts and landline phones, as well as to the personal phones of registered users. (Register for DartAlert here.)

The OMNS will sound for approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

The messages delivered through both systems will be clearly identified as tests. If an actual emergency were to occur during testing, emergency messages would be transmitted instead.

In a real emergency, the OMNS and DartAlert messages would provide instructions that may include sheltering in place. To shelter in place means to stay or get inside a building, lock the doors, stay away from windows, and await more information.

The OMNS and DartAlert are part of Dartmouth's comprehensive emergency communications plan. The College would also use its website (www.dartmouth.edu), radio stations (99.3 FM and 1340 AM), hotlines, social media accounts, and other resources to provide information in an emergency. Please see Dartmouth's Emergency Preparedness Website for more details.

About the Outdoor Mass Notification System:

The OMNS employs sirens and loudspeakers on top of the Murdough Center (located at the west end of Tuck Mall) and Observatory Hill (on the east side of campus, near Shattuck Observatory). The system is designed for outdoor notification and is not intended to be heard from within buildings. Dartmouth tests the system yearly, with the support of the town of Hanover. Other than this annual test, the OMNS will only be activated in major emergencies.

For more information visit: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prepare/communications/omns.html

About DartAlert:

The DartAlert system delivers emergency notifications to all Dartmouth email addresses, all campus telephones beginning with the 646- exchange, and select telephones beginning with the 650- exchange. In addition, Dartmouth community members can register to receive a call or text message on a personal phone.

Click here to register for DartAlert.

For more information visit: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~prepare/communications/dartalert_faq.html

Last Updated: 2/20/13