The University of North Carolina will test its emergency sirens and emergency communication procedures on Wednesday, Feb. 16, between noon and 12:30 p.m. The University tests the sirens regularly throughout the year to make sure the equipment and notification processes work as planned.
During this sirens test, NO ACTION is required.
Anyone outside, on campus or near campus, will likely hear the sirens. The sirens are not designed to be heard inside a building or vehicle. The sirens will sound an alert tone along with a brief pre-recorded voice message. When testing is complete, a different siren tone and voice message will signal all clear.
The University will also send text messages to cell phone users who registered their numbers in the online Alert Carolina Contact Information page available through the ONYEN services website. The University will post safety-related announcements on the Alert Carolina website, alertcarolina.unc.edu, along with updates.
Many community residents have told us that they would like to receive University emergency alerts. If you do not have a unc.edu email account, there are two ways that you can receive the alerts. One way is using the Alert Carolina Twitter account at https://twitter.com/AlertCarolina and turning on notifications. The other way to be notified is to download and use the UNC Carolina Ready Safety app available here https://campussafety.unc.edu/safetyapp/.
If you are the contact person for your neighborhood or community group, please forward this message along to your members and others. Even if your neighborhood is not near campus, we want people who might hear the emergency sirens during the Alert Carolina test to know what is going on.