By Ginger Walker
September was National Preparedness Month, and here at the University of Houston the last two weeks were focused on siren awareness.
Siren awareness posters are hanging all over campus. UH’s outdoor warning siren system is part of the campus emergency alert notification system. The system is designed to alert students, faculty, staff and visitors of impending outdoor danger.
The system is activated by the UH Department of Public Safety in the event of an emergency when it may be unsafe to be outdoors. The outdoor warning siren system provides a quick method of notifying the entire main campus with an audible tone that can be heard outdoors alerting everyone to seek shelter indoors.
Also, during a real emergency, the system is used in conjunction with other communication channels like email, UH Emergency Operations Center website (www.uh.edu/emergency) and text messaging. To receive emergency notifications, keep contact information updated in the MyUH (students)/PASS (faculty/staff) system. Visit the Outdoor Warning Siren System website for more information.