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About the UH Outdoor Warning Siren System

Background:

The University of Houston’s Outdoor Warning Siren System is part of the UH ALERT emergency notification system. The system is designed to alert students, faculty, and staff of impending outdoor danger.  The system is activated in the event of an emergency when it may be unsafe to be outdoors.  The UH Outdoor Warning Siren System provides a quick method of notifying the entire main campus with an audible tone that can be heard outdoors alerting students, faculty and staff to seek shelter indoors.  Also, during a real emergency, the UH Outdoor Warning Siren System is used in conjunction with other communication channels like e-mail, the UH ALERT website (http://www.uh.edu/emergencyand text messaging.

Types of Incidents:

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

  • Severe weather conditions (Tornado warning or other dangerous conditions)

  • Major hazardous material incidents

  • An armed and hostile individual on campus

  • Other conditions that may require an emergency shelter in place action

FAQ:

For frequently asked questions about the outdoor warning siren system, please visit our FAQ page.

Stay Informed:

In the event of an actual emergency, the UH ALERT emergency notification system will be used in conjunction with the siren system to disseminate further information to the UH community. All outdoor warning siren alerts are accompanied by a UH ALERT message.  All community members are strongly encouraged to keep their contact information up to date in MyUH/PASS so they can receive emergency messages. You can find instructions for updating your cell phone number, email address and other contact information at the UH ALERT website. (http://www.uh.edu/emergency)