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Ginger Walker
Emergency Management Specialist, Planning and Business Continuity

Be Educated About the Outdoor Warning Siren System

Outdoor Warning Siren System Poster

Houston, Aug. 28, 2014 — The outdoor warning siren system at the University of Houston is activated by Department of Public Safety in the event of an emergency when it may be unsafe to be outdoors.

The types of incidents that may require activation of the siren system are:

  • Severe weather conditions (tornado warning or other dangerous conditions)
  • Major hazardous materials incidents
  • An armed and hostile individual on campus
  • Other conditions that may require an emergency shelter in place action

The Office of Emergency Management has a siren resource page on its website that provides valuable information regarding siren awareness. All campus community members are encouraged to post this siren awareness poster at the entrances, exits, break rooms and bulletin boards in their area.

In the event of an emergency, the emergency alert notification system will be used in conjunction with the siren system to disseminate further information to the UH community. To ensure that you receive accurate and up-to-date information during an emergency, it is crucial that all personal information is correct in PASS. This is especially true for cell phone numbers. In order to receive emergency text messages from the University of Houston, you must provide a valid cell phone number in PASS.

With hurricane season already in full swing, this is the time to update call trees, response plans, and contact information in PASS. The cell number provided will only be used for emergency text messages and will not become part of any public listing.

Maintaining your cell phone number in PASS is very simple. Follow these six easy steps:

  1. Log in to AccessUH via
  2. Select "PASS"
  3. Select "Personal Information"
  4. Select "Phone Numbers"
  5. Enter a mobile number
  6. Click save


About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.