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Police Department to Test Emergency Alert Warning System


North Carolina Central University will conduct a test of its emergency alert warning siren between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019.

The emergency alert warning system siren is part of the university’s crisis communication plan and emergency notification system, known as Eagle Alerts. It targets people outdoors who may not have access to other Eagle Alert notification methods such as email, text messages and the emergency web site.

During the siren test, individuals will hear a loud tone followed by a voice message announcing the test. Durham residents near the campus will also hear the sirens. Citizens are not required to take action or shelter during the test.

The sirens are strategically placed and mounted on 40-feet-tall galvanized poles at three locations:

  • The north side of Benjamin Ruffin Residence Hall near Lawson and Concord streets. 
  • The south side of the Alfonso Elder Student Union on Nelson Street by the loading dock driveway. 
  • East of the track by New Residence II and the LeRoy T. Walker Complex. 

University Police use the system to alert individuals about immediate life-threatening emergencies. These emergencies include but are not limited to: an armed and dangerous person on campus, major chemical or biological hazard or a tornado sighting. 

Additionally, as part of our increased security procedures, the NCCU Police will conduct a test of the university’s remote lockdown system on Friday, June 28, concurrent with our test of the Eagle Alert System. The test will begin at approximately 1 p.m. and should last 10 minutes. During the test the card access system will be disabled and persons will be unable to enter any of the effected buildings. The effected buildings are:

• Chidley North Residence Hall
• Tyronza Richmond Residence Hall
• New Residence Hall 2
• Latham Parking Deck
• McDougald House
• McDougald McLendon Arena
• Cooke House
• Farrison-Newton Communications Building
• Benjamin Ruffin Residence Hall
• Eagle Landing Residence Hall
• Mary Townes Science Complex

During the test, University Police will remain able to access all buildings in case of an emergency.

For questions and additional information, please contact the NCCU Police Department at 919-530-6106.

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