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Ginger Walker
Emergency Management Specialist,
Planning and Business Continuity

Siren Awareness Focus of National Preparedness Month

Siren Awareness Focus of National Preparedness Month

Houston, Sept 22, 2014 — The focus for the last two weeks of National Preparedness Month at the University of Houston will be 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 ( 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.


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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 nearly 41,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.